Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

4.1 18
by Francis Mark Mondimore

See All Formats & Editions

For persons with bipolar disorder and their families, here is a comprehensive, practical, compassionate guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. 22 illustrations.


For persons with bipolar disorder and their families, here is a comprehensive, practical, compassionate guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. 22 illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

3 Stars from Doody
Emily K. Tedesco
This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to this devastating psychiatric illness. The author incorporates an easy to understand format that includes the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for those affected with bipolar disorder. The purpose is to help educate and inform. The author does a great job in fully explaining the advantages and disadvantages of treating this illness. The most important component is the effective way he combines all the current facts and data into a practical and useful guide. The book is targeted toward patients with bipolar disorder and their families. It would also be useful for students and mental health professionals who work with this special population. The author is credible and quotes respected professionals in the field. This book includes modern treatment options, tips for getting and staying well, a full explanation of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, and how the illness affects special populations. The author includes a section on coping with medication side effects. The most important feature is the full section of up-to-date resources, including support groups, informational Internet sites, and suggested readings. This book is an invaluable tool for patients and families living with bipolar disorder. The author incorporates real life stories, expert advice, symptoms and diagnosis, modern treatment options, and resources to help make living with this disorder tolerable. Most importantly, the concepts and information presented in this book are practical.
A guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and causes of this potentially devastating psychiatric illness, formerly known as manic-depression. Mondimore (psychiatrist and clinical faculty member at the U. of North Carolina) offers practical advice for getting the most out of the various treatments that are now available<-->from medication, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive treatment to new approaches such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. He also describes problems that are unique to women, forms the illness takes in children and adolescents, the genetics of the disease, and ways to cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. Throughout, he focuses on the importance of building a support system, of planning for emergencies, and of giving one's self permission to seek help. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
An exhaustive, scientific, yet compassionate assist for sufferers of "the chameleon of psychiatric disorders" and their families. Psychiatrist Mondimore (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) looks first at the symptoms and diagnosis of bipolar disorder, or manic-depression: the disease wears many masks that can make diagnosis difficult. Mondimore concedes that at present psychiatrists are generally working with the same diagnostic tools that were used in the 19th century: their eyes and ears. He goes on to discuss treatment. Medications are first and foremost—primarily mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. He follows with a thoughtful considerations of electroconvulsive therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy. Mondimore is especially clear on medication side effects (and how to avoid them), how various treatments have been used and misused, and what a reasonable standard should be. In part three, Mondimore considers how bipolar disorder affects children, adolescents, and women; and how it is affected by alcoholism and drug abuse, seasonal affective disorder and chronobiology, genetics, and other medical conditions such as stroke and hormonal problems. In part four, Mondimore offers real, detailed help for living with the disease. The key is to recognize that bipolar disease is relentless and that the way to keep it at bay is for the patient to be relentless, too—"about getting needed treatment and sticking to it". Illustrative case studies here make it clear this can be done, but it isn't easy. An absolute gold mine, then, for those with the disorder and their families: thorough, candid, and up-to-date advice, full of new possibilities for help.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Alyson Myers, MD (North Shore - LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine)
Description: This is an update of a book on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar disorder.
Purpose: In the author's eyes, the purpose is to save lives. His vivid approach with real-life examples provides a glimpse into the everyday struggles of people who live with bipolar disorder, as well as their families and friends. He not only identifies the difficulties with pharmacological therapies, he also details the impact that this illness has on relationships and daily functioning. In doing so, he attempts to highlight the high rate of relapse into manic or depressive episodes with the altruistic hope of trying to help prevent them.
Audience: This book takes on the arduous task of explaining the etiology, diagnosis, and management of bipolar disorder to both healthcare providers and lay people.
Features: It is composed of four sections: symptoms, syndromes and diagnosis; treatment; variations, causes and connections; and getting better and staying well. Each section has subsections that go into greater depth. Chapter 4 is an in-depth look at the history of bipolar disorder, including the work of Kraeplin and Cade. The author suggests that readers who are not mental healthcare providers can skip this chapter without losing continuity. Despite his suggestion, this chapter is rather important as it sheds light on the long-standing uncertainties surrounding the cause of bipolar disorder. By far the most useful section for the non-medical professional is the last one, which describes the role of a support system for patients with bipolar disorder.
Assessment: This book is helpful for those who treat patients with bipolar disorder or those who have a personal relationship with someone with bipolar disorder. At times, it uses verbiage that may be too advanced for the average lay person, but the author makes a great effort to simplify explanations. This is especially well done in the chapters dedicated to pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, where he illustrates examples of side effects that patients develop with some of the medications. It would have been helpful if the book highlighted in the text (not the references) some of the resources available to the family and friends of persons with bipolar disorders, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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 indispensible book."

Midwest Book Review
"A 'must' for both health and general-interest collections, this organizes and presents information in a format professionals and lay readers can equally use."

Journal of Psychosomatic Research
"The marvel of this book is its ability to present information in a detailed, understandable manner, while avoiding pitfalls of being overly weighted in professional jargon or skimpy in specific neurological and behavioral detail."

Large Print Reviews
A concise guide to bipolar disorders. Written in a nontechnical jargon, this guide is ideal for patients and their families who wish to gain an understanding of bipolar disorders... Offers advice on how to live with the disorder, and how not to become its victim.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"I highly recommend it for patients and their family members and friends as an enlightened, pragmatic, and empathic resource for this very complex and challenging illness."

Library Bookwatch
An excellent guide to both counseling and drug options.

LARge Print Reviews
A concise guide to bipolar disorders. Written in a nontechnical jargon, this guide is ideal for patients and their families who wish to gain an understanding of bipolar disorders... Offers advice on how to live with the disorder, and how not to become its victim.

Product Details

Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
Johns Hopkins Press Health Bks.
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.73(d)

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.

Meet 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.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.