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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia M. Meaden, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This edited volume is a comprehensive update of information about bipolar disorder, contrasting historical portrayals of the clinical course and outcome with current descriptive and empirical findings.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize current research on bipolar disorder, addressing the apparent changes that have taken place in the presentation of the illness and our clinical understanding of treatment strategies and their effect on course and outcome. This work is significant and timely, given the numerous changes in the clinical approaches to bipolar disorder apparent in the last half of this century.
Audience: The editors have written this book to expand the knowledge base of any practitioner likely to encounter bipolar patients and their families, especially considering the high incidence of misdiagnosis. Researchers will also find this book invaluable as it summarizes the most relevant current research, pointing the way to areas that need further inquiry.
Features: The content includes chapters covering relapse, comorbidity, functional disability, and psychosocial effects, suggesting reasons for the changes observed in recent years. Explanations focus on innovation in psychopharmacology, diagnostic criteria, and sociocultural influences.
Assessment: This is the most authoritative and comprehensive compendium of knowledge on the subject of bipolar disorder since Goodwin and Jamison's Manic Depressive Illness (Oxford University Press, 1990). The editors have done an admirable job of coordinating the efforts of some of the most competent and creative researchers in this area. The careful organization of this book will provide significant guideposts in directing future research in bipolar disorder. In addition, this book provides the rationale for a concerted initiative by clinicians to work to identify and treat this disorder in a timely and consistent manner.