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Bipolar Disorder
     

Bipolar Disorder

by Stephen Strakowski
 

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Bipolar disorder is one of the most common and disabling conditions affecting humankind. It is a leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, affecting millions of people. The illness is complex and dynamic, so that many individuals are misdiagnosed for years and clinicians struggle with identifying the most appropriate and successful treatment. Because it is

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Bipolar disorder is one of the most common and disabling conditions affecting humankind. It is a leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, affecting millions of people. The illness is complex and dynamic, so that many individuals are misdiagnosed for years and clinicians struggle with identifying the most appropriate and successful treatment. Because it is complex and common, people suffering from bipolar disorder seek help from clinicians of all types - from psychiatrists, family doctors, gynecologists, and internists to psychologists, social workers and other therapists. For clinicians without significant experience with bipolar disorder, how to manage the condition can be mystifying. Even experienced psychiatrists will frequently find themselves uncertain of the best approach to a given individual with bipolar illness. This pocket-sized guide was specifically written with this diverse group of clinicians in mind. It provides a concise, practical and current overview of bipolar disorder, including making a correct diagnosis, identifying important medical and psychiatric comorbidities, and describing our current understanding of the epidemiology, genetics and neurobiology of the condition. In addition to these topics to provide context, the majority of the book is focused on a programmatic approach toward managing bipolar disorder, including discussions of specific subpopulations, such as children or women who are pregnant. The book may also be of interest for people with bipolar disorder and their families, to help guide treatment seeking and provide education about this sometimes mystifying condition. The author is an internationally recognized and trusted expert in the study and treatment of bipolar disorder, annually named a Best Doctor® and recognized by US News and World Report® as a Top 1% Psychiatrist, whose own extensive clinical experience working with people with bipolar disorder guides this book.

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a pocket-sized guide to programmed management of bipolar disorder and its numerous variants.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick primer on understanding and treating bipolar illness.
Audience: The audience includes physicians of all types, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other therapists who encounter patients with bipolar illness.
Features: The book begins with a historical look at bipolar disorder, with the author emphasizing that management of bipolar illness is a dynamic process. This segues nicely into a discussion of the complexity of bipolar illness making the diagnosis. The author reviews the epidemiology, neurophysiology, and genetics of bipolar illness. The neurophysiology chapter is technical, but still manages to convey well the current understanding of bipolar illness. There is a huge amount of literature on the psychopharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder, but the section on this topic is a little light, although it does hit the highlights. The chapter on therapeutic interventions reviews all of the pertinent modalities and explains their uses succinctly. I particularly appreciated the discussion of programmatic approaches to treatment. Too often bipolar treatment is reduced to symptom chasing that leads to polypharmacy and poor management. The last section is on special populations (late life, pediatric). The appendix contains a sample mood chart. "Key Points" that emphasize particularly important concepts are scattered throughout the chapters. The charts and graphs are clear and help support the text. There are no particular shortcomings of the book except its brevity.
Assessment: This is meant to be a short, portable guide to bipolar illness for clinicians unfamiliar with it. It does a good job meeting its intended purpose. The author educates without bogging readers down with too much technical detail. There are good references in each chapter for those wanting further information. Experienced clinicians will want something more thorough and in depth, but I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a succinct primer on bipolar illness and its many manifestations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199995707
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/17/2014
Series:
Oxford American Psychiatry Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Strakowski was raised in a small town in northern Indiana. He developed an interest in neuroscience as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, and this interest expanded to psychiatric conditions at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He refined his interests into bipolar disorder while training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard University School of Medicine. He has developed his professional career at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research.

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