Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder

by David J. Miklowitz PhD, Michael J. Gitlin MD


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This much-needed volume gives clinicians essential strategies for managing the complexities of bipolar disorder and tailoring treatment to each patient's changing needs. Highly readable, accessible, and pragmatic, the book provides expert guidance on critically important treatment questions. It addresses which medications to try and at what dosages, what psychosocial interventions are most helpful at different phases of the illness, how to continually monitor and fine-tune treatment to keep patients functioning well, and how to involve family members productively. The authors draw on state-of-the-art research as well as extensive clinical experience as a psychotherapist and a psychopharmacologist. Vivid case material is included throughout. Reproducible questionnaires and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Winner (First Place)—American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Category

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462523689
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 1,232,664
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, and Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at UCLA, where he supervises psychiatry and psychology trainees and conducts research on psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with bipolar disorders. Dr. Miklowitz’s numerous publications include the bestselling self-help resource The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Third Edition, as well as acclaimed books for professionals, including Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach and, with Michael J. Gitlin, Clinician’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder. He has received Distinguished Investigator awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. 

Michael J. Gitlin, MD, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is Director of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Gitlin is the author of many scientific articles and book chapters as well as two editions of The Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology. His awards include the Distinguished Educator Award from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, the Teacher of the Year Award from Psychiatric Times, the Dadone Clinical Teaching Award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Table of Contents

1. An Integrated Approach to Bipolar Disorder
2. Bipolar Disorder: The Basics
3. The Intake Evaluation
4. Treatment of Acute Mania and Hypomania
5. Pharmacological Treatment of Bipolar Depression
6. Pharmacological Maintenance Treatment
7. Psychosocial Treatment for Recovery and Maintenance
8. Dealing with Medication Nonadherence
9. Bipolar Disorder, Pregnancy, and the Postpartum Period
10. Bipolar Disorder and Suicide
11. Strategic Interventions in Challenging Situations: Comorbidity and the Use of Split Treatment
Appendix A. Resources for Clinicians and Patients
Appendix B. Medication Names and Classes 


Mental health clinicians (both prescribers and nonprescribers), including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

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