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Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers
     

Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers

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by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., Michael B. Knable, D.O.
 

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Surviving Manic Depression is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book on the disorder that affects more than two million people in the United States alone. Based on the latest research, it provides detailed coverage of every aspect of the disorder.All aspects of the disease are addressed: symptoms, with many direct descriptions from patients themselves, risk

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Surviving Manic Depression is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book on the disorder that affects more than two million people in the United States alone. Based on the latest research, it provides detailed coverage of every aspect of the disorder.All aspects of the disease are addressed: symptoms, with many direct descriptions from patients themselves, risk factors, onset and cause, medications (including drugs still in the testing stage), causes, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation and how the disease affects children and adolescents. Here too are discussions of special problems related to manic-depressive disorder, including alcohol and drug abuse, violent behavior, medication noncompliance, suicide, sex, AIDS, and confidentiality. Surviving Manic Depression also includes special features such as a listing of selected websites, videotapes, and other resources.

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Publishers Weekly
A lucid, thorough guide to every aspect of living with bipolar disorder, Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers covers symptoms, treatment and advocacy. E. Fuller Torrey (Surviving Schizophrenia), psychiatry professor and Treatment Advocacy Center president, and psychiatry instructor Michael B. Knable explain what mania and depression feel like from the inside, the causes and risk factors, the range of possible medications and treatments, and 10 special problems for manic depressives like alcohol abuse and medical noncompliance. There's also a section on bipolar disorder in children and a list of frequently asked questions. This is a valuable resource for anyone touched by the illness. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Torrey, one of the world's leading authorities on schizophrenia and an advocate for the care of the severely mentally ill, here does for manic depression what he has done for schizophrenia in successive editions of this book's companion volume, Surviving Schizophrenia (Quill, 2001) that is, he provides a comprehensive treatise on the condition's etiology, symptoms, and treatment. Moreover, Torrey and Knable (psychiatry, George Washington Univ. Hosp.) manage to convey the complexities of the subject without overwhelming or confusing the lay reader. The authors are clearly mainstream in their view of manic depression as an organic brain disease requiring medication to control symptoms. They thoroughly cover various medications, their side effects, and suggestions for maintaining compliance and controlling side effects. Of particular interest are the extensive appendixes listing and describing books, web sites, videos, and other resources on bipolar disorder. Unlike most such lists, this one describes and rates the material listed. By far the best general book available on the subject, this is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The term bipolar disorder was an unfortunate choice, say the researchers with the Stanley Foundation, but it did distinguish between people who suffer simple depression from those who also undergo manic episodes; they substitute the term manic depression. In non-technical language, they describe its incidence; what it looks like from the inside and the outside; risk factors; onset, course, and outcome; causes; medications; nonmedical aspects of treatment; and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465086641
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
313,730
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author


E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is president of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Executive Director of the Stanley Foundation Research Programs. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His books include Schizophrenia and Manic-Depressive Disorder, Out of the Shadows, Nowhere to Go, and Surviving Schizophrenia. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Michael B. Knable, D.O., is Medical Director of the Stanley Foundation Research Programs and is Clinical Instructor in Neurology and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was first diagnosed as bipolar, I didn't really have an understanding as to what exactly that ment. All I know was what I felt. Reading this book opened my eyes to what exactly was going on with me and made me realize that I am not alone, there are others who felt the same way I did. I highly recommend this book for a better understanding of what a person with manic depression goes through.