Bipolar Disorder For Dummies

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Get an accurate diagnosis and get on with enjoying and living your life!

Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the millions who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends, and coworkers.

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies explains the brain chemistry behind the disease and covers the latest medications and therapies. You'll get ...

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Overview

Get an accurate diagnosis and get on with enjoying and living your life!

Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the millions who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends, and coworkers.

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies explains the brain chemistry behind the disease and covers the latest medications and therapies. You'll get reassuring, sound advice and self-help techniques that you and your loved ones, including kids and teens, can use to ease and eliminate symptoms, function in times of crisis, plan ahead for manic or depressive episodes, and feel a whole lot better.

  • Covers new diagnosis methods developed by the American Psychiatric Association
  • Increased coverage of genetics, biochemistry, and imaging studies relevant to bipolar disorder
  • Advice on supporting a loved one (who may not want help)
  • Updated and expanded medication guide and treatment options, including Deep Brain Stimulation

Complete with fill-in-the-blank forms and charts, key online resources, and first-hand accounts from real people, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies gives you the latest information and self-help strategies you and your loved ones need to conquer this disease and get on with your lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...Bipolar expert Candida Fink has written a book that explains it clearly, and provides plenty of advice on the latest drugs as well as telling you how to spot early signs of the condition..." (Independent on Sunday, 25th September 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118338827
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 121,835
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Candida Fink, MD (New Rochelle, New York) is a Board Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in the New York area. Dr. Fink graduated from Boston University Medical School and did her postgraduate training through Harvard Medical School. She’s currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Westchester Medical College. She has worked extensively with children and adults with complicated psychiatric illnesses. Mood disorders, especially the diagnostic and treatment questions surrounding bipolar disorder, comprise much of her practice. She also works extensively with schools and other institutions regarding developmental and psychiatric issues. Dr. Fink grew up with mood disorders in her family, so she has seen them from every angle and knows the importance of mobilizing the family as a part of any successful treatment. She has previously coauthored, with Judith Lederman, The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child: A Survival Guide for Parents (Fireside). She frequently consults and speaks on bipolar disorder in children.

Joe Kraynak, MA (Speedway, Indiana) is a freelance author who has written and co-authored dozens of books on topics ranging from slam poetry to personal computers. Joe received his degree in bipolar disorder from the College of Hard Knocks. On December 10, 1999, Joe’s wife, Cecie, a Spanish teacher at the time, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since that day, they have bounced around to a half dozen doctors and even more therapists, broke in a few young marriage counselors, survived several changes in health insurance coverage, attended dozens of support group meetings, and endured the career changes and financial hardships that commonly accompany bipolar disorder. In this book, Joe offers his experience and insight from life in the trenches.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Boning Up on Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 1: Living La Vida Bipolar.

Chapter 2: Demystifying Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 3: A Positive Prognosis with a Proactive Plan.

Part II: Taming the Bipolar Beast.

Chapter 4: Let’s Get Physical: Ruling Out Other Health Issues.

Chapter 5: Getting a Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment Plan.

Chapter 6: Building a Winning Mood-Management Team.

Part III: Opening the Treatment Toolbox: A Comprehensive, Integrated Approach.

Chapter 7: Touring the Bipolar Pharmacy.

Chapter 8: Retooling Your Mind through Therapy.

Chapter 9: Expanding Your Treatment Options.

Part IV: Helping Yourself.

Chapter 10: Surviving Your Current Crisis.

Chapter 11: Healing at Your Own Pace.

Chapter 12: Identifying Your Triggers and Mapping Your Moods.

Chapter 13: Restructuring Your Life.

Chapter 14: Working Out and Eating Right.

Chapter 15: Battling the Urge to Fly Solo.

Part V: Assisting a Friend or Relative with Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 16: Supporting Your Loved One.

Chapter 17: Planning Ahead for a Possible Crisis.

Chapter 18: Backing Your Bipolar Child.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Questions to Ask a Psychiatrist or Therapist.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Fight the High Cost of Treatment.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Help the Bipolar Community.

Appendix: A Glossary of Bipolar-Related Terms.

Index.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Good Information on Bipolar Disorder!

    I first bought this book when I was diagonsed with bipolar disorder in 2007 at the age of 16. Let me say, it cleared up a lot of things for me. The format is easy to read and understable. It even has sections for the family and children. I still refer to my copy now three years later!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    sceptical people

    I just read the post on that no child can have a set mental disease crap. Personally i am 31 years old and was diagnosed when i was 9. Now i can say this guy is crap bipolar /manic depression is a mood and chemical inbalance in the brain. There is chemicals that either we get to much of or not enough of hense why we go from being on suisidezs door to bouncing off the wall. Now this affect tennagers more because of all the changes the are going through plus this and it definitaly gets easier woth age, however i still to this day have struggles on a daily basis with my bipolar. This is a life time disease that not only effecys your surroundings but affect your peraonallity and the way you have to live your life. I would love for these doctors or sceptics to have this disease for only several hours let alone a life time. Thank you for reading my vent, and have a great day. :)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Great book for recently diagnosed people with bipolar

    After finally accepting my diagnosis of bipolar, I bought this as my first bipolar book. It really helped educate me in an easy-to-understand format. Everyone with bipolar---this is a great book to buy and mark up with pen and highlighter. I actually took it to my doctor appointments and had my doctor explain certain things in more detail. I have read numerous bipolar books from the library, but this is the only one I actually paid money for. I am not disappointed.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Good Basic Book

    I personally hate the "For Dummies" series of books, but I have to admit that when it comes to simple explanations for complex things, they do a good job. I bought this book not for myself, but for my folks so that they could get a basic understanding of my bipolar condition. It worked. They now have an idea of the struggles I deal with on a daily basis and why the medications I'm on and the therapy is so critical to me and how it helps keep my bipolar issue in check. If you want a loved one to understand more about who you are...this is a good start for them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Learn the basics

    This book gives you all the basics and no high medical speak. its just plain simple explanations of this problem.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Very Informative

    This is a wonderful book for someone has has just been diagnosed and for their family and friends. All the info. in the book is in layman's terms and very clearly laid out. There are sections on EVERYTHING that you can imagine that deals with being Bipolar, including the meds. to treat it, behaviors, etc. I still refer to this book after having read it twice and having been diagnosed over three years ago. A must have on the subject!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Taking the Fear Out

    This book helps put perspective on a positive diagnosis, helps both the diagnosed and their loved ones realize the diagnosis can be overcome, and gives a lot of helpful advice. Basically, this book helps one to realize bi-polar disorder isn't the end of yhe world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    This book is a front for big pharma

    IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS: Parents are being mislead by a multi billion-dollar a year child drugging industry that a diagnoses of "mental disorder" (ADHD, Bi-Polar, Social Anxiety Disorder) are medical diseases or illnesses. This is a fraud. No child has a brain scan, blood test, X-Ray or any evidence of physical abnormality to verify they are "ill" or "diseased." Yet psychiatrists continue to pound the public with misleading and fraudulent statements that these so called mental disorders are biochemical or neurological conditions. That is false. They are simply a list of behaviors that psychiatrists vote into existence and insert into their billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This has led to over 8 million children in the U.S. taking mind-altering psychiatric drugs. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is psychiatry's billing bible of "disorders" from which psychiatric screening, diagnoses and their treatment are derived. The current edition lists 374 psychiatric conditions that have been identified as mental disorders. Yet, the disorders contained in the DSM-IV are arrived at by consensus, not by scientific criteria. There are no blood tests, brain scans, X-Rays, MRIs or "chemical imbalance" tests that can scientifically validate any mental "disorder" as a disease or illness. Canadian psychologist Tana Dineen reports, "Unlike medical diagnoses that convey a probable cause, appropriate treatment and likely prognosis, the disorders listed in DSM-IV are terms arrived at through peer consensus"- literally, a vote by APA committee members. This book was a joke dont bother reading

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

    Another great Dummies book!

    I was very impressed with this book. It is educational, imformative, yet fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Understanding Bipolar

    This book has helped us a great deal in understanding bipolar and making it easier to deal with the disorder a little easier.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

    Some good stuff

    I looked through this at the book store & loved what I saw. I couldn't get my head out of it. Very helpful & insightful. I'm buying this ASAP!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Very useful guide written with humor and compassion

    As a supporter of a person with bipolar disorder, I've read several articles and a few books on the subject. I purchased this one because it had several useful tools, a lighthearted approach, and encouraging vignettes interspersed in the work that gave me a new game plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    This is perfect

    For jeremiah

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