Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression

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Each year, at least 2.3 million Americans suffer from severe bipolar disorder (manic depression), a brain disorder characterized by intense high and low moods, while an estimated 10–13 million others suffer from its milder forms. In Bipolar Disorder Demystified, author Lana Castle, who has lived the better part of her life with this illness, has turned her personal experience into an eloquent and useful guide to all those who travel down the same path. In clear and honest language, Castle helps readers understand...

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Overview

Each year, at least 2.3 million Americans suffer from severe bipolar disorder (manic depression), a brain disorder characterized by intense high and low moods, while an estimated 10–13 million others suffer from its milder forms. In Bipolar Disorder Demystified, author Lana Castle, who has lived the better part of her life with this illness, has turned her personal experience into an eloquent and useful guide to all those who travel down the same path. In clear and honest language, Castle helps readers understand the true nature of bipolar disorder, the factors that complicate its diagnosis, and strategies for coping with the illness. Bipolar Disorder Demystified makes great strides in dispelling the mystery surrounding this illness, helping readers decide if it's time to seek treatment, and providing those with any form of mood disorder the information they need to better manage their lives.

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PsychCentral.com, 7/11/13
“Using a balance of practicality and eloquence, Castle helps [readers] understand the true nature of bipolar disorder.”
Library Journal
Recent National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) data indicate that bipolar disorder, a brain disease characterized by intense mood swings and also known as manic-depressive illness, affects more than 2.3 million American adults in a given year. Castle, owner of Castle Communications, an editorial service business, has lived with bipolar disorder for over 40 years. Here she turns her personal experiences into an eloquently written handbook for those traveling down the same path. In solid, concise language devoid of professional jargon, Castle helps readers understand the true nature of bipolar disorder, the factors that complicate its diagnosis, and numerous strategies for successfully coping with the illness. What sets this book apart from the growing number of titles on the topic is the winning combination of Castle's life-long experience with the disorder and her professional yet accessible writing. Valuable for both mental-health professionals and those dealing with the disease, this information-rich title is highly recommended for all libraries.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569245583
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Demystified
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 346,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    part narrative, part info on bipolar disorder

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It reminded me of Patty Duke's 'A Brilliant Madness' in that it was partly about the author's own struggle with bipolar disorder and partly about information on the disease. It was pretty well written, well organized, and easy to follow. As I like to gain information on this complex subject from a variety of sources, this book is a worthy addition to any small library of books on bipolar disorder. I also suggest books by Miklowitz, Torrey, and Jamison.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Not for general bipolar types.

    For those seeking information on a intersecting mental illness with bipolar symptoms, this book isnt for you. Alothough its comprenhensive on its subject, the information in it is too general and limited. I myself was looking for information more on schizophrenia and when i picked it up at b&n i thought i would find more on the subject. bipolar and schizphrenia, two different illnesses indeed, but like einstein said, its all relative.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    A comprehensive manual

    A comprehensive manual suitable for patients, friends and family of patients, and physicians. It covers all aspects of bipolar disorder from defining the disease to exploring nonmedical remedies. A lengthy book with an adequate amount of personal experience. I found some parts to be unnecessary for me personally, suc as brain anatomy and the dietary supplements section, but overall a very thorough and helpful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    It changed my life

    I have been diagnosed with Bipolar and this book has left nothing out. I can't begin to tell you how informative and helpful the information has been to me. I have recommended it to many of my friends with bipolar and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to know all about bipolar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Perfect Book For Understanding Bipolar

    i loved this book. it helped me explain things i've tried to for many years not only to doctors but to myself. it put things into words i never could and helped me better understand myself. she couldn't have written this any better and she didn't leave out one detail. i thank her so much for this book! it gave me more help than anything else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    A must if you are faced with Bipolar Disorder

    I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2000. Searching for a good book on the subject has been a struggle in itself. Lana R. Castle provides no only information on the disorder but presents it in a well organized manner. This book is filled with interesting information with her own added experiences. She is a excellent writer and her thorough comprehension is evident more than any other book I have read on bipolar disorder.

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