Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

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"This compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped hundreds of thousands of people cope with bipolar disorder. This, the second edition of the book, is thoroughly updated with new options for diagnosis and treatment along with information on the genetics of the disease." "Bipolar disorder is a particularly difficult illness to diagnose. Dr. Frank Mondimore explains how symptoms fluctuate in persons with seasonal affective disorder, how they may lead to a mistaken diagnosis of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in children, and how they
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"This compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped hundreds of thousands of people cope with bipolar disorder. This, the second edition of the book, is thoroughly updated with new options for diagnosis and treatment along with information on the genetics of the disease." "Bipolar disorder is a particularly difficult illness to diagnose. Dr. Frank Mondimore explains how symptoms fluctuate in persons with seasonal affective disorder, how they may lead to a mistaken diagnosis of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in children, and how they can be made worse by alcohol or drug addiction." "The disease can also be difficult to treat. Dr. Mondimore gives advice about how to find a psychiatrist and how to cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. He provides extensive information on treatment options, including drug therapies, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychotherapy." Dr. Mondimore 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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness to diagnose and treat. It can be incredibly destructive to relationships and careers, can wreak havoc on family life and, when not properly treated, is a potentially fatal disease. This wide-ranging discussion of this unpredictable disorder describes problems that are unique to women, in whom the disease may be affected by the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and childbirth. It includes new information on the forms the illness takes in children and adolescents, in whom it can sometimes be mistaken for common problems such as "hyperactivity" or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; and explains what we know about the genetics of the disease, how symptoms fluctuate with the seasons in seasonal affective disorder, and how illness can be made more difficult to treat because of alcoholism or drug abuse. It discusses coping with the stigmatization of psychiatric diagnosis, gives advice on picking a psychiatrist and on dealing with medical insurance issues, and even explores the fascinating relationship between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity. Finally, Dr. Mondimore tells family members what they can do to help the person with bipolar disorder — and themselves — and he offers hope for the future as researchers learn more about the disease and how to control it.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily K. Tedesco
This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to this devastating psychiatric illness. The author incorporates an easy to understand format that includes the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for those affected with bipolar disorder. The purpose is to help educate and inform. The author does a great job in fully explaining the advantages and disadvantages of treating this illness. The most important component is the effective way he combines all the current facts and data into a practical and useful guide. The book is targeted toward patients with bipolar disorder and their families. It would also be useful for students and mental health professionals who work with this special population. The author is credible and quotes respected professionals in the field. This book includes modern treatment options, tips for getting and staying well, a full explanation of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, and how the illness affects special populations. The author includes a section on coping with medication side effects. The most important feature is the full section of up-to-date resources, including support groups, informational Internet sites, and suggested readings. This book is an invaluable tool for patients and families living with bipolar disorder. The author incorporates real life stories, expert advice, symptoms and diagnosis, modern treatment options, and resources to help make living with this disorder tolerable. Most importantly, the concepts and information presented in this book are practical.
Booknews
A guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and causes of this potentially devastating psychiatric illness, formerly known as manic-depression. Mondimore (psychiatrist and clinical faculty member at the U. of North Carolina) offers practical advice for getting the most out of the various treatments that are now available<-->from medication, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive treatment to new approaches such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. He also describes problems that are unique to women, forms the illness takes in children and adolescents, the genetics of the disease, and ways to cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. Throughout, he focuses on the importance of building a support system, of planning for emergencies, and of giving one's self permission to seek help. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
An exhaustive, scientific, yet compassionate assist for sufferers of "the chameleon of psychiatric disorders" and their families. Psychiatrist Mondimore (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) looks first at the symptoms and diagnosis of bipolar disorder, or manic-depression: the disease wears many masks that can make diagnosis difficult. Mondimore concedes that at present psychiatrists are generally working with the same diagnostic tools that were used in the 19th century: their eyes and ears. He goes on to discuss treatment. Medications are first and foremost—primarily mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. He follows with a thoughtful considerations of electroconvulsive therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy. Mondimore is especially clear on medication side effects (and how to avoid them), how various treatments have been used and misused, and what a reasonable standard should be. In part three, Mondimore considers how bipolar disorder affects children, adolescents, and women; and how it is affected by alcoholism and drug abuse, seasonal affective disorder and chronobiology, genetics, and other medical conditions such as stroke and hormonal problems. In part four, Mondimore offers real, detailed help for living with the disease. The key is to recognize that bipolar disease is relentless and that the way to keep it at bay is for the patient to be relentless, too—"about getting needed treatment and sticking to it". Illustrative case studies here make it clear this can be done, but it isn't easy. An absolute gold mine, then, for those with the disorder and their families: thorough, candid, and up-to-date advice, full of new possibilities for help.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a guide for patients and families to help them understand bipolar disorder and its diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate patients and their families about bipolar illness.
Audience: The book is written for patients and their families.
Features: It begins with a discussion of symptoms and diagnosis, particularly examining abnormal versus normal mood states. A brief historical section is followed by an extensive look at treatment, which focuses primarily on medications, but does examine therapy as well. The next section covers topics such as genetics and substance abuse in bipolar illness. The last section delineates the ideas behind getting well and staying well. The treatment and getting well section are both excellent, and the book is written at an appropriate level for non-clinical readers. It is not clear what in particular the second edition provides that the first did not.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for patients with bipolar illness. I recommend the first edition frequently and will do so now with the second. It gives patients and their families enough information without being overwhelming and overly technical. The tone is practical but compassionate toward patients and family members suffering through this difficult illness. Good resource sections provide more extensive reading and online data. I would highly recommend this book.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
The marvel of this book is its ability to present information in a detailed, understandable manner, while avoiding pitfalls of being overly weighted in professional jargon or skimpy in specific neurological and behavioral detail.
Large Print Reviews
A concise guide to bipolar disorders. Written in a nontechnical jargon, this guide is ideal for patients and their families who wish to gain an understanding of bipolar disorders... Offers advice on how to live with the disorder, and how not to become its victim.
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
I highly recommend it for patients and their family members and friends as an enlightened, pragmatic, and empathic resource for this very complex and challenging illness.
Library Bookwatch
An excellent guide to both counseling and drug options.
LARge Print Reviews
A concise guide to bipolar disorders. Written in a nontechnical jargon, this guide is ideal for patients and their families who wish to gain an understanding of bipolar disorders... Offers advice on how to live with the disorder, and how not to become its victim.
Kay Redfield Jamison
An excellent guide to a painful and difficult yet treatable illness. Dr. Mondimore’s outstanding abilities as clinician and teacher are put to good use in this indispensible book.
Midwest Book Review
A 'must' for both health and general-interest collections, this organizes and presents information in a format professionals and lay readers can equally use.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421412054
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His books include Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope; Depression, the Mood Disease; and Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, all published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Normal and abnormal mood 5
2 The diagnosis of bipolar disorder 28
3 A summary of the diagnostic categories of bipolar disorder in DSM IV 55
4 The mood disease 62
5 The brain : neurons, neurotransmitters, and more 77
6 Mood-stabilizing medications 84
7 Antidepressant medications 103
8 Antipsychotic medications 112
9 More medications, hormones, and dietary supplements 119
10 Electroconvulsive therapy and related treatments 129
11 Counseling and psychotherapy 139
12 Treatment approaches in bipolar disorder 153
13 Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents 165
14 Women with bipolar disorder : special considerations 172
15 Alcoholism and drug abuse 177
16 Seasonal affective disorder and chronobiology 184
17 The genetics of bipolar disorder 198
18 Bipolar biology 205
19 Bipolar disorder and creativity 217
20 Living with bipolar disorder 227
21 Planning for emergencies 240
22 The role of the family 248
23 Looking ahead 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    My Bipolar Bible

    This is the book I turn to for any facts about my bipolar disorder. Its informational aspect is perfectly balanced by a good narrative approach that is not dry and that gives me real understanding about what is happening to me. Also helpful to spouse and other family members. We are scientists and appreciate the not-too-dumbed-down aspect of this book.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Solid information

    Ok, this guy is WAY too taken with Lithium therapy. If you can read beyond his obvious bias, there is a whole lot of good information in the book. It certainly limited the lost 'floundering' in this house, which has left us more able to focus on the needs of the individual with this disorder...always a good thing!

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