The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 2nd Edition: Reassuring advice for patients and families [NOOK Book]

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More and more people are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which affects 2.6 percent of all American adults. This diagnosis can be scary for patients and their loved ones, but new medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes have transformed treatment and benefited patients. With this health guide, you'll find authoritative, reassuring...

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The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 2nd Edition: Reassuring advice for patients and families

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Overview

More and more people are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which affects 2.6 percent of all American adults. This diagnosis can be scary for patients and their loved ones, but new medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes have transformed treatment and benefited patients. With this health guide, you'll find authoritative, reassuring advice on topics like:

  • The causes of bipolar disorder
  • Common side effects to medications
  • Alternative and nontraditional approaches
  • Mania and manic episodes
  • Links between bipolar and other disorders
This completely revised and updated edition includes the latest treatment options as well as recent studies and classifications. Bipolar disorder is a complex diagnosis. With this positive, supportive guide, you'll find the answers to all your questions--even the ones you haven't thought to ask.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440504068
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Series: Everything
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 653,592
  • File size: 873 KB

Meet the Author

Dean Haycock, PhD earned a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health to study at the Rockefeller University. The results of his research, conducted in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry, have been published in the Journals of Neurochemistry, Biological Chemistry, and Brain Research. He has contributed articles on a variety of topics to The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xv

1 The Basics of Bipolar Disorder 1

What Is Bipolar Disorder? 1

Manic Episodes 2

Depressive Episodes 5

The History of the Disorder 7

Major Types of Bipolar Disorder 8

Cyclothymia 14

Other Variations 15

2 How Do You Know If You're Bipolar? 18

Mistaking Bipolar Disorder for "Normal" 18

General Warning Signs 21

What Puts You at Risk of Bipolar? 23

Risk Factors You Can't Control 23

Risk Factors You May Be Able to Influence 24

Behavioral Extremes and Private Thoughts 25

See a Doctor 27

Get a Second Opinion 29

Evolving Knowledge of Bipolar Disorder 31

3 Comparing Bipolar Disorder to Other Disorders 34

Varieties of Personality and Mood Disorders 34

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 35

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 37

Post-Traumatic Stress and Other Anxiety Disorders 38

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) 39

Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder 41

Major Depressive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders 42

4 Who Gets Bipolar Disorder? 45

Important Factors 45

Are Some People More Likely to Have Bipolar Disorder? 47

Famous People with Bipolar Disorder 48

Bipolar Creativity 50

Women and Bipolar Disorder 53

Bipolar Disorder in Perspective 55

5 What Causes Bipolar Disorder? 57

Biological Differences 57

The Challenge of Understanding Mental Disorders 59

Genetics and Bipolar Disorder 60

The Interaction of Genes and Environment 62

Life Experience Matters 64

6 Pharmacological Treatment for Bipolar Disorder 66

Stages of Treatment 66

History of Treatment 67

Mood Stabilizers 70

Antidepressants 72

Antipsychotics 75

Antianxiety Drugs 77

Finding the Right Medication(s) 78

What to Know about Side Effects 79

Working with Your Doctor 84

7 Psychotherapy and Other Methods for Dealing with Bipolar Disorder 86

When Medication Is Not Enough 86

Acceptance 87

Finding the Right Therapy 88

Diet and Exercise 94

Support Groups 96

Alternative and Nontraditional Approaches 97

Getting Help with Other Problems 101

8 What Happens Without Treatment? 103

Suicide and Bipolar Disorder 103

Other Risk Factors 105

How Loved Ones Are Affected 106

When Patients Accept Diagnosis but Treatment Fails 109

When Patients Accept Diagnosis but Resist Treatment 111

When Patients Resist Diagnosis and Treatment 115

9 Telling Others You Have Bipolar Disorder 116

Why Do You Want to Tell? 116

Achieving Honesty 119

Telling People in Your Personal Life 121

Telling People in Your Professional Life 123

Fielding Questions 127

You Don't Have to Tell Everyone 129

10 Lifestyle Choices 131

Finding the Right Job 131

What If You Feel You Cannot Work? 134

People to Avoid 136

People to Seek Out 138

Clearing Out Chaos 140

Replace Fanaticism with Tranquility 143

11 Developing a Good Self-Image 145

Dealing with the Past 145

Dealing with Family Shame 147

Getting Your Priorities in Order 149

(Self-)Honesty Is the Best Policy 150

Learning to Problem Solve 153

12 Managing Mania 156

Be Prepared 156

Warning Signals 160

Protect Your Personal Life 162

Protect Your Assets 164

Protect Your Professional Life 167

13 Dealing with Depression 169

Sadness, Mild Depression, and Chronic Depression 169

Preventing Depression 172

A Low-Stress Home 174

What to Do If You're Depressed 175

If Depression Escalates 177

Dealing with the Aftermath 179

14 Staying in Control 181

Learning from Bipolar 181

Turn Your Focus to Others 184

Learning from Setbacks 185

Accepting Limitations 188

Setting Goals for the Future 190

15 If You Know Someone Who You Think Is Bipolar 194

Look at Yourself First 194

When to Intervene 197

Expressing Your Concerns 198

Formal Interventions 201

Dealing with the Aftermath 203

Protect Yourself 204

16 If You Know Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder 206

Life with a Spouse with Bipolar Disorder 206

Life with a Parent with Bipolar Disorder 209

Life with a Sibling with Bipolar Disorder 212

Life with Relatives Who Have Bipolar Disorder 215

Life with a Friend with Bipolar Disorder 216

Life with a Boss or Coworker with Bipolar Disorder 218

17 Riding the Roller Coaster of Another Person's Moods 222

When a Loved One Is Manic 222

Handling a Psychiatric Emergency 224

When a Loved One Is Depressed 226

Taking Action versus Distancing Yourself 228

Dealing with Caregiver Stress 231

Your Protection 233

Your Options 234

18 Ongoing Controversies 237

How Can You Classify Mood Disorders? 237

Bipolar Moods and Normal Moods 238

Anti-Medication/Anti-Psychiatry 241

Good Pharmaceutical Industry or Bad Drug Companies? 244

Privacy Issues 246

Forced Treatment 247

The Insanity Defense 249

19 Where Do You Go from Here? 251

Summary 251

Steer Clear of Excuses 253

Bipolar Disorder and the Future 255

Finding Role Models 258

You Are Never Alone 260

Appendix A Symptoms Checklists 262

Appendix B Additional Resources 265

Index 268

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