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The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book

ISBN: 9781402210570

By: Charles Atkins

Published: 11/01/2007

Approximately 5.7 million Americans have bipolar disorder, a brain disorder also known as manic-depressive illness.

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Approximately 5.7 million Americans have bipolar disorder, a brain disorder also known as manic-depressive illness. The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book is an authoritative reference for people with Bipolar Disorder and their loved ones, providing sound advice and immediate answers to their most pressing questions. Written by an experienced psychiatrist, The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book covers such topics as: -What are the symptoms and different types of Bipolar Disorder? -Can other illnesses cause Bipolar Disorder? -What therapies, medications and relapse-prevention strategies can help with Bipolar Disorder? -How does Bipolar Disorder differ in children and adults? -What special issues are there for women with Bipolar Disorder? -How can family and friends respond in a psychiatric emergency? The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book offers up clear, confident counsel in an easy-to-read Q&A format that explains confusing medical lingo and guides readers through the world of Bipolar Disorder.

About the Author

Charles Atkins M.D.

Charles Atkins, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist working in Waterbury, Connecticut. He’s on the clinical faculty at Yale University, where he trained. He has published over a hundred articles and columns, as well as psychological thrillers, including one with a hero who has bipolar disorder. His website is www.charlesatkins.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1: Bipolar Basics
Chapter 2: The Bipolar Spectrum: One Size Does Not Fit All
Chapter 3: Getting into Treatment
Chapter 4: Medications: Useful Tools on the Road to Recovery
Chapter 5: Mood Stabilizers
Chapter 6: Antipsychotic Medications
Chapter 7: Antidepressants and Other Medications
Chapter 8: Other Medical Therapies -
Chapter 9: Psychotherapies and Supportive Strategies -
Chapter 10: Relapse Prevention Strategies -
Chapter 11: Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency -
Chapter 12: Other Common Coexisting Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment Strategies
Chapter 13: Age, Gender, and Cultural Issues
Chapter 14: Living with Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 15: Survival Tips for Family and Friends
Chapter 16: Finding Resources: The Patchwork Quilt of Behavioral Healthcare in America

Appendix A: Resources and Reading -

Excerpt

What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder, which until the 1980s was called manic-depression, is a diagnostic term used to describe patterns of abnormal and severe mood swings, ranging from disabl...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 16.72 oz
Page Count: 304 pages

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