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The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers
     

The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers

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by Wes Burgess
 

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For Dr. Wes Burgess, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder means hope-hope for the estimated ten million people who will develop the disorder during their lifetimes, and hope for the families and friends of people who suffer from it. Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, The Bipolar

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For Dr. Wes Burgess, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder means hope-hope for the estimated ten million people who will develop the disorder during their lifetimes, and hope for the families and friends of people who suffer from it. Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, The Bipolar Handbook comprehensively tackles every area of the disorder, from its causes to medical treatment and psychotherapy, to strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle, to the prevention of, coping with, and treatment of bipolar episodes. From the more than five hundred questions and answers, you'll learn:

- what to expect when pursuing a diagnosis
- how to choose the right doctor or specialist
- how to get the disorder under control
- what treatments and medication protocols are best for you
- how to reduce stress to prevent manic and depressive episodes
- what family members and friends can do to support you, and more

Dr. Burgess also addresses unique lifestyle concerns facing bipolar individuals. Special chapters on practical strategies for career success, building healthy relationships, issues that specifically affect bipolar women, and coping techniques for families and friends further explore the impact of the disorder on daily life.

The Bipolar Handbook's easy-to-access format and full chapter of resources, as well as diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute for Mental Health, make this a versatile guide-perfect for quick reference and in-depth discovery.

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Library Journal
Over seven million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which impacts the emotional, mental, and physical health of sufferers and their family and friends. In this welcome addition to the existing resource material, Burgess, a noted bipolar authority with a practice in Los Angeles, writes in a style reminiscent of having a chat with one's family doctor. His text provides a wealth of current information pertaining to the disorder, from causes and selecting a doctor to treatment and prevention. Both medical treatments and psychotherapy are covered, as are social issues like careers, healthy relationships, and coping tactics for friends and family. The last chapter explores available resources, and well thought-out appendixes complete the book. Both comprehensive and easily understood, this resource is an essential part of every public library collection; it will most certainly become one of the most sought-after publications on bipolar disorder.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440628153
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
669,383
File size:
263 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Melody Ballard
"Over seven million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which impacts the emotional, mental, and physical health of sufferers and their family and friends. In this welcome addition to the existing resource material, Burgess, a noted bipolar authority with a practice in Los Angeles, writes in a style reminiscent of having a chat with one's family doctor. His text provides a wealth of current information pertaining to the disorder, from causes and selecting a doctor to treatment and prevention. Both medical treatments and psychotherapy are covered, as are social issues like careers, healthy relationships, and coping tactics for friends and family. The last chapter explores available resources, and well thought-out appendixes complete the book. Both comprehensive and easily understood, this resource is an essential part of every public library collection; it will most certainly become one of the most sought-after publications on bipolar disorder. "
Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV

Meet the Author

Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D., is a practicing psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. A featured commentator on NPR and network television and a former member of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, he has lectured worldwide, written for professional journals, and contributed to several books. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with up-to-Date Answers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My girlfriend has bipolar disorder and she bought me The Bipolar Handbook. Finally I understand what she is going through. This book has saved our relationship and I really have some respect for her, now. I don't really care about all the medicines and medical stuff that I probably wouldn't understand, anyway. I just wanted somebody to explain what I needed to know to communicate with my bipolar girlfriend and not fight all the time. Now I know what I can do to support her and what I had better leave to her and her doctor. Now I know what to watch for to avoid upsetting her and I know how to recognize and head off an emergency about to happen. This is a big relief to me and to her, too. Thanks a lot for the Bipolar Handbook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the latest books and The Bipolar Handbook is best. It has all the medical information about what causes bipolar disorder, what medical alternatives are available and why they work or don't work. It covers whether you will pass on bipolar disorder to your children. It also covers psychotherapy and how to change your life to reduce your bipolar symptoms. Unlike the others, it covers stress-reduction techniques, meditation and alternative treatment as well. None of the other books do all this. The author of The Bipolar Handbook also takes the time to share techniques and strategies he's collected to make your personal life go well and how to get others to like and respect you. I like the tone, which is very warm and friendly. I bought copies for my friends and family so they can understand what being bipolar is all about and know how to relate to me better. Everyone I have shown this book to has liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a book my therapist recomended to me. It is a really good book at answering all your questions and explaining just what is going on when you have bipolar. It gives great advice on how to handle different situations you might encounter and its a very easy and quick read. It has really helped me out with techniques to help with stress and medical explainations as to what goes on. I highly recomend reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally - a book about a medical condition in language that I could actually understand! This whole book was written in conversation style, in easy flowing question & answer format. The nice thing: all of the questions posed were the questions I was asking, too! I felt like this book was written for me. Everything from medications, to effect on relationships, to symptoms of the diagnosis...this book covers it all 'and then some!'. This is a book that I want to buy for everybody I know who needs to understand the ins and outs of this illness. If there's any bood you're going to read - make it this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wes Burgess' "Bipolar Handbook" contains no-nonsense information on dealing with bipolar disorder, your own or others. No fads or airy theories, just solid knowledge. Questions and answers gleaned from Dr. Burgess' patients and their loved ones. Highly recommended; I'd give it six stars if I could. CWH.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was wondering if my son had Bipolar Disorder so I read the Bipolar Handbook. Then I gave it to my son to read. Without any fights we both agreed he had it. I thought it would be disappointing but he is actually relieved that he is finally getting some help. By the way, he took Dr. Burgess advice to find the best doctor and we took the book to the first appointment so we would know what to say and ask him. Finally I feel like I have some hope.
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