Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder

Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder

by Jim Phelps
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Why Am I Still Depressed?: Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My doctor recommended this one & it was a huge let down. I wanted an answer and all I ended up with was more questions-too many questions. I appreciate the Doctor/Author trying to bring light to an often dismissed diagnosis, but he could have benefited from a decent editor-one without a degree in medicine. I found it to be overwhelming! First you're presented with the basics of the disorder & then endlessly hit with other possibilities. It started to feel as though the answer wasn't so much that you might have Bipolar II, but that you might have any number of difficult to diagnose disorders. I wanted to put it down almost as soon as I started.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book both for patients and for mental health professionals. Folks often have a very striotypical view of what Bipolar Disorder is, and what it is not. A person can struggle along for years wondering why their depression doesn't get betten in spite of constantly receiving treatment. Often, just when they think things are improving, wham, '...the medication stops working,' and they are depressed/anxious/irritable again. This book provides easy to understand insights and information on bipolar spectrum disorder and its effective treatment. The book is a a 'must have' for people struggling with mood swings and with resistant depression. And a 'must have' for those who treat it. Sarah DuVal, PMHNP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was recommended to me 3 times, 3 times I attempted to read this. Finally in Chapter 7 I discovered I was not Crazy. I am now reading it again. I like the 'folksy' approach - I want to read something like someone is sharing the information - not a dry overbearing physcians text. Good book to start your bipolar journey
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has plenty of useful and even groundbreaking information but I find its loose, over-friendly language very irritating. I wish the author was a bit more formal. It seems that Dr. Phelps simply applied his website's style to his book without an appropriate change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have had repeated depressions, depression that started before age 30, a depression that has gone on for years or depression that fails to be treated by antidepressant this book may save your life. If you don¿t think you have Bipolar Disorder this book will help you decide. If you are depressed and have a relative with Bipolar Disorder this book is for you. If you have depression and mood swings this book is for you. Bipolar II sufferers have very little ¿highs¿ easily missed by professionals. Some times there are no ¿highs¿ at all and only irritability. If your mind just goes and goes at night when you are trying to go to sleep this book is for you. If you have been diagnosed Borderline there is at least a 50% chance you are Bipolar II and this book is for you. If you are have Bipolar II this book is for you. If you have a loved one with Bipolar II this book is for you. If you are a counselor, a primary care physician or a psychiatrist this book is for you. Don¿t thing you see or treat Bipolar II this book is especially for you. Think that Bipolar is over diagnosed read this book and you will save lives. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy before its publication. This book is the first and only book dedicated to the most common type of Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar II. Bipolar II disorder represent as much as 7% of our population. It is as common or more common than Major Depression. All other books about ¿Bipolar¿ are about Bipolar I and don¿t address the special needs of people who have Bipolar II. The average time to be correctly diagnosed is 12 years. As a leading educator in the field of psychiatry Dr. Phelps has access to the latest scientific information even before it is published. This book was written for the layperson yet contains a cornucopia of information about Bipolar II that it is a must read for professionals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was exceptional. The book hit on the core of the audience. Talking in an informal yet friendly manner using simple language to let the reader easily understand what manic depression is. This book in a literary sense was quite well made targeting not college students or professors who major in psychology but rather amateurs who are clueless about manic depression and are confused and lost in the sudden depression that ha filled their souls. Sadly even though this book does in fact have  huge amount of information on understanding depression there will be cases where the reader will leave the book behind having more questions than answers but i can't mark this negatively on this book due to the fact that it is all but impossible to answer everyone's questions in 1 book since unlike other subjects like math or microbiology the human mind differs from person to person and there is no sure or ideal way to cure the human mind. For anyone who is still left with questions after reading this book should try other books since you really can't find all the answers to your problems in just one book. 
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SUZYQ22 More than 1 year ago
I found this book about Bipolar Disorder to be very helpful. I have found it helpful to read as many books as possible about this disorder as my daughter has Bipolar 1. Another new book just released I found inspiring and has given me great hope is a new memoir called "I just want my daughter back - coming to terms with Bipolar 1? by BC Levinson that I found on Amazon.com . Seeing how others cope with bipolar disorder has made a big difference in our journey. It gives hope to those of us walking in these shoes. I actually found the new book through Twitter.com.. you can even chat with the author @BIPOLARSMOM2 . Very nice lady.. Hope this helps Sue
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