Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

by Francis Mark Mondimore MD

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Compassionate and comprehensive, Dr. Francis Mondimore's pathbreaking guide has helped thousands of people and their loved ones cope with bipolar disorder. Now in its third edition, Bipolar Disorder has been thoroughly updated with new information about the causes of the disorder, tools for diagnosis, and advances in treatment. Dr. Mondimore surveys new medications for treating bipolar disorder, including asenapine, iloperidone, paliperidone, lurasidone, and oxcarbazepine, exploring the benefits and potential side effects of each. He also reviews the scientific studies that back up claims for recommended nutritional supplements, such as omega-3s and NAC—and tells you which ones to leave on the shelf.

Dr. Mondimore discusses recent changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and reviews the exciting new findings of the largest multicenter evaluation of best-treatment practices for bipolar disorder ever carried out, the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). He describes how these findings, gleaned from the treatment experiences of thousands of patients, will improve treatment decisions.

With insight and sensitivity, Dr. Mondimore makes complex medical concepts easy to understand and describes what it is like for people to live with bipolar disorder. He recommends changes to daily routines and lifestyle that will improve the quality of life for patients and offers expert advice on planning for emergencies and identifying when and how to seek help. Throughout the book, Dr. Mondimore focuses on the importance of building a support system for everyone affected by this unpredictable illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421412061
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2014
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 102,733
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His books include Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope; Depression, the Mood Disease; and Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, all published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Part I: Symptoms, Syndromes, and Diagnosis
1. Normal and Abnormal Mood
Abnormal Mood
The Syndrome of Depression
Mixed States
2. The Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
Psychiatric Diagnosis
Bipolar I
Bipolar II
Cyclothymic Disorder
Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder
3. Bipolar Disorder and the DSM-5
What Is the DSM?
Bipolar Categories in the DSM-5
4. The Mood Disease
Before "Bipolar"
Dr. Kraepelin and "Manic-Depressive Insanity"
Dr. Cade and Lithium
Part II: Treatment
5. The Plastic Brain
6. Mood-Stabilizing Medications
Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
Valproate (Depakote, Depakene, Epival)
Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Equetro, Epitol)
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
Other Mood Stabilizers
On the Horizon: Promising New Approaches
Antidepressant Medications
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
New Antidepressants
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Treating Bipolar Depression
8. Antipsychotic Medications
Typical Antipsychotic Medications
Atypical Antipsychotic Medications
9. More Medications, Hormones, and Dietary Supplements
Medications for Anxiety and Sleep Disturbances
Thyroid Hormones
Herbal Preparations and Nutritional Supplements
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Oil
N-Acetyl Cysteine
St. John's Wort
10. Brain-Stimulation Treatments
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Vagal Nerve Stimulation
Emerging Technologies
11. Counseling and Psychotherapy
Brain and Mind
What Can Therapy Do?
Group Psychotherapy
Individual Therapy for Depression
New Psychotherapies for Bipolar Disorder
"Traditional" Individual Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy in Bipolar Disorder: Is It Really Necessary?
The Psychiatrist-Psychotherapist: An Extinct Species?
12. Treatment Approaches in Bipolar Disorder
Therapeutic Results as a Guide to Treatment
Some Principles of Treatment
Part III: Variations, Causes, and Connections
13. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Symptoms of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Treatment and Prognosis
14. Women with Bipolar Disorder: Special Considerations
Symptom Differences in Women
Postpartum Mood Disorders and Family Planning
Premenstrual Syndromes
15. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Bipolar Binges
Effect, Cause, or Association?
Use or Abuse?
A Deadly Combination
Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction
16. The Science of Cycles: Chronobiology
Circadian Rhythms
Seasonal Affective Disorder
The Sleep Cycle and Bipolar Disorder
17. The Genetics of Bipolar Disorder
Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA
Genetic Diseases
What We Know
The Search Continues
18. Bipolar Biology
How the Body Handles Stress
Bipolar Disorder and Hormonal Systems
Picturing Bipolar Disorder in the Brain
19. Bipolar Disorder and Creativity
Part IV: Getting Better and Staying Well
20. Living with Bipolar Disorder
Confront and Accept the Illness
Practice Mood Hygiene
Build Your Support System
Don't Be a "Bipolar Victim"
21. Planning for Emergencies
Know Whom to Call for Help
Insurance Issues
Safety Issues and Hospitalization
22. The Role of the Family
Recognizing Symptoms
Involuntary Treatment and Other Legal Issues
More on Safety
Getting Support
23. Looking Ahead
Suggested Reading
Support and Advocacy Organizations
Internet Resources

What People are Saying About This

Kay Redfield Jamison

An excellent guide to a painful and difficult yet treatable illness. Dr. Mondimore's outstanding abilities as clinician and teacher are put to good use in this indispensable book.

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Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mondimore makes a very articulate and intelligent presentation on bipolar disorder. He makes the material accessible, addresses practical aspects of coping with major mental illness and explains the newest scientific insights in bite-sized, yet not grossly oversimplified, pieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book I turn to for any facts about my bipolar disorder. Its informational aspect is perfectly balanced by a good narrative approach that is not dry and that gives me real understanding about what is happening to me. Also helpful to spouse and other family members. We are scientists and appreciate the not-too-dumbed-down aspect of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely good resource for the patient and her or his family as well as the mental health professional. Easy to read, yet still very in-depth. The book covers every aspect (and more) of the disorder that I was hoping for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb and nesessary reading for those affected and families, especially given how far back are most psychiatrists  in terms of understanding and experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My psychiatrist recommended this book when I was diagonosed as Bipolar. I found the description of the different diagnosis and treatments of Bipolar very helpful. The list of symptoms for each diagnosis helped me put everything into perspective. The information about medications, their history, theraputic benefits and side effects helped me feel I could make informed choices about my treatment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At my doctors suggestion, I purchased this book the day I was diagnosed. I sat down with a highlighter and the book and made my way from cover to cover. I had a new understanding of who I was and why I did the things I did. It really is required reading for anyone with the disorder, or if you love someone with this disorder
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comprehensive in a language anyone can understand. A good first book for patient, family and friends wanting/needing to learn about this disease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A helpful guide to a complex disorder. Pretty easy to understand and comprehensive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great compact course on Bi polar disorder and should be required readinig for everyone who suffers from, is related too or is a friend of any one with Bi Polar disorder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was asked by a close friend to recommend some reading material about Bipolar Disorder because her family member has the condition. I looked at several books and found most of them to be either too scientific or too overly simplified. Dr. Mondimore struck a happy medium. His book is extremely well written and gives a comprehensive, yet easy to understand, medically based explanation of bipolar disorder. He also offers many helpful tips and insights to patients and family members who are dealing with the devastation this complex mood disorder can cause. My friend found this book to be very helpful in her search to understand the diagnosis and I, as a nurse, also found it to be an interesting read.
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stormyknitter More than 1 year ago
Ok, this guy is WAY too taken with Lithium therapy. If you can read beyond his obvious bias, there is a whole lot of good information in the book. It certainly limited the lost 'floundering' in this house, which has left us more able to focus on the needs of the individual with this disorder...always a good thing!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has helped tons!!! Thanks for writing such a comprehensive and informative book on bipolar disorder! It has helped me to understand a close family member who suffers from this mental illness. I highly recommend it to those who are interested in learning about bipolar disorder, especially those new to the illness either first-hand or because of someone they know and care about having this illness.