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Bipolar disorder can be devastating. It can disrupt relationships and careers, it can wreak havoc on family life, and, when not properly treated, it can be fatal. Since 1999 this compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped tens of thousands of people cope with this complex disease. This, the second edition of Bipolar Disorder, is thoroughly updated and discusses promiBipolar disorder can be devastating. It can disrupt relationships and careers, it can wreak havoc on family life, and, when not properly treated, it can be fatal. Since 1999 this compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped tens of thousands of people cope with this complex disease. This, the second edition of Bipolar Disorder, is thoroughly updated and discusses promising new options for diagnosis and treatment along with new information on the disease's genetic components.Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose. Dr. Mondimore explains how symptoms fluctuate in persons with seasonal affective disorder, how they can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder in children, and how they may be made worse by alcohol or drug addiction.The disease can also be difficult to treat. Dr. Mondimore gives advice about how to pick a psychiatrist and cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. He provides extensive information on treatment options, including the advantages, disadvantages, and side effects of various drug therapies.He also describes what it is like to live with bipolar disorder and discusses how lifestyle changes can improve quality of life. Throughout, he focuses on the importance of building a support system, planning for emergencies, and giving yourself permission to seek help....

Title : Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families
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ISBN : 9780801883149
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-03-31 04:23

    This comprehensive book is one of the best books I have read on Bipolar Disorder. In it's simplistic fashion the patient as well as a loved one can grasp the struggles and challenges that someone afflicted with disorder must endure.It provides the loved ones with the scientific knowledge that this is not merely a figment of one's imagination and that the disorder is indeed a brain disorder. Dr. Mondimore makes that quite clear in this book. This book I have used for myself since I am one of the lucky winners of having this disorder and this book has provided my friends and family a better understanding into my world. It provided me with answers to the feelings and behaviors that seem elusive to me for years and now it is so crystal clear.I would highly recommend this text to any person or loved one who are trying to educate themselves to assist themselves in their new diagnosis or give family members the insight they have always needed.

  • Christina Rause
    2019-04-23 01:15

    I flew through this book and then went back to take notes on the parts in which I was most interested. The information is solid, comprehensive, and easy to read. I especially liked the sections on Living With BPD and Biology of BPD. The reference section and suggested readings had some great studies to look up and I'm definitely reading a few of those books. As someone who lives with BPD2, this book helped me understand the condition better and gave me a jumping off point for further research. Highly recommend.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-06 23:32

    This is a well written, and easily read book. I'm reading it for school, but imaginge it would be helpful for anyone interested in this topic. It has good first hand accounts of dealing with bipoal disorder. And the author recommends a well rounded approach to treating it, from pharmaceuticals, light therapy, talk therapy, and even nutritional recommendations.

  • Emilia
    2019-03-24 03:30

    This is such a great book! I've actually given copies to friends and family to help them understand my daughter's illness. It is well organized and clearly written. A great introduction to the illness, but still offering enough detail and useful information.

  • mathilda_craft
    2019-03-31 23:24

    This book is very informative and not as intimidating as I thought it would be at first. The topic is fascinating, but the continual text is a snooze. I'm having a hard time finishing this book.

  • Adam Cox
    2019-04-18 23:34

    A very good book for those suffering from bipolar disorder. Everything is covered from treatment to causes. Must read.

  • Mary Alice
    2019-04-06 06:16

    Very clear to read- several chapters on medications and approaches. Information for patient, family and friends.

  • Sud
    2019-04-04 01:18

    Good read for those who are suffering from this challenging disease and their family members to understand the issue and treat the sufferer in the right way.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 06:41

    As a parent to a child with pediatric bipolar disorder I am constantly in search of new resources that will help ease the day to day digressions, which occur with this roller coaster diagnosis. I am continuously learning new concepts, as I struggle to meet the demanding needs of my child. As the months have passed since her diagnosis, I have found myself more accepting of her future and not feeling so helpless. With newer resources and a better understanding of the disease, my child has a much brighter future. This book is a great resource that dives into the many aspects of bipolar and covers all facets of the disease. It discusses both childhood and adult bipolar disorder; as well as other mood disorders. This book is geared toward the family members, so it is written very well. It is made for the parents to understand and covers medical terminology in a more broken down manner. Historical aspects of the disease are included which covers medication, diagnostics, and hospitalization. This book is an absolute must for those that have a child who is battling this challenging disorder. I believe the only real issue that I had was the fact that it was a little out dated. I am curious to see if there is an updated version of the book. So much of the information is still applicable today, but there are many more medications made available now than there was when the book was published. I am very happy to have picked this book up and it was very helpful in my studies and has been useful in my attempt to better understand my child’s illness. I have to recommend this book and I wish other parents the best of luck in there research on bipolar or mental health in general.

  • Isobel
    2019-04-14 23:31

    Excellent resource. Not only does the author describe symptoms and treatment options, he also goes into the history of the diagnosis, including early treatment methods that didn't work and ones that did but were neglected for decades. For example, in the wake of WWII, highly effective therapeutic treatments developed by German doctors were discarded after the revelation of abuses inflicted on victims of the Nazis. Informative, well-written, and sympathetic, this is not a one-size-fits-all book but a description of a broad spectrum that recognizes as many manifestations, prognoses, and possibilities as there are persons with the disorder. Highly recommended for anyone diagnosed or living with someone who is.

  • Erika
    2019-04-21 02:16

    You can expect nearly any book you will read on the topic of manic/depression to be a little melodramatic. It's just going to come out that way from personal experience because the condition can be really surreal. But I believe this one was written from a clinical point of view. As a result, it reads more to the point and less to the experience... talks about the symptoms and not how they 'feel', except in a clinical context. I high recommend this book to anyone who has manic/depression and wants to understand it better or learn better how to control it, as well as to friends and family of those who want to understand their loved better. Interesting book.

  • Jennifer Dancy
    2019-04-17 04:21

    Clearly written by a medical professional, full of technical jargon, but somehow approachable and understandable for anyone. This is a great read for anyone who has Bipolar or has a friend or family member who does. I took the author's advice and thoroughly read several chapters, skimmed several and completely skipped others... Some great take-aways: It's not mental illness... it's a mood disorder. It's not a chemical imbalance. Pharmacological science is sometimes a lot of trial and error. Meds work when taken. Full blown mania is unusual. Full blown depression is common. But mostly, bipolar is still being studied, advancements in treatments are being made. There is hope.

  • Mary
    2019-03-28 23:14

    Absolutely excellent book! It combines technical/medical information with the history of the disease and most importantly, ways to manage it. The chapters about different drugs is a little tedious, but you can just skip to the parts you want to read. There are some case studies and quotes from patients that are helpful in understanding the experience. I would say this book is a must-read for people who have been recently diagnosed and for their families.

  • Laren
    2019-03-30 07:30

    Finally I finished this book! It contains a lot of inforamation to digest in just one sitting. The book is very strong at describing bipolar behaviors and explaining all the current treatments available. I definitely understand the disorder much better than I previously did prior to reading this. Unfortunately, the book was not very strong in information for families and friends of the bipolar patient, although it did list several web sources and reading materials for further information.

  • Alyse
    2019-04-10 07:30

    This review is for the first edition.Great! Gives disceiptions of medications descriptions of symptoms and the over structure of what bipolar is. It is basically textbook type writing. It is exerything your psychatrist wants to tell you but doesn't have time to. I find learning about medications most beneficial.

  • Tom
    2019-04-05 03:14

    I read this book for tonight's book group. It was one of three I ended up reading. It's a good book if you just want to learn something about Bipolar Disorder. Since I don't know the genre very well, I couldn't say whether this is the best book or not.

  • Robin Hemmer
    2019-03-29 06:27

    Very informative

  • Carter
    2019-04-24 00:36

    Mondimore includes much more of the scientfic angle than I've seen in other bipolar guides, & he goes into real detail about sleep patterns, substance abuse, seasonal mood cycles, etc.

  • Brian
    2019-03-24 23:28

    Too technical.

  • Tracy Morton
    2019-04-05 02:25

    A good comprehensive look at this disorder including the history, definitions, diagnosing and treatment. Does not offer much in the way of case studies or patent prospective.

  • Steve
    2019-04-08 05:23

    Having just been diagnosed as Bipolar II, my doctor referred me to this book. So far, so good. A lot of anecdotal as well as plain-spoken ideas on this most misunderstood of psychological diseases.