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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know
David J. Miklowitz
1572305258
January 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Hard on the heels of Fuller Torrey and Michael B. Knable's excellent Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers (LJ 1/02) comes another strong title. Both books cover the origins, symptoms, and treatments for bipolar disorder, with emphasis on current medications. The main difference between the two books is that the current title by Miklowitz (psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) is intended for patients. It spends a good deal of time on issues exclusive to the sufferer how to come to terms with the diagnosis, whom to confide in, and how to recognize one's own mood swings. More concise in its treatment of the issues just mentioned, Torrey and Knable's title is addressed to a more general audience, spends more time reviewing the scientific evidence...


My Mother's BiPolar, So What Am I

1419620061


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Book Description
When the author's mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the response was shock and confusion. What did it mean to be bipolar? How would it affect her mother and the members of her family? Grett became frustrated with her mother because she didn't understand the disease or her mother's behavior and believed that she could be normal if she just tried harder. The diagnosis of bipolar disorder weighs heavily on those millions of Americans who suffer the illness. But what about their families? More specifically, what about the children whose parents are diagnosed. My Mother's Bipolar, So What Am I? reveals the emotional, physical and mental toll this complicated disease takes on the children. Author Angela Grett sheds light on their common experiences, as well as coping mechanisms, to help adult children begin to...


Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness
Patty Duke
0553560727
January 1992
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive or who live with or love someone who is, actress Duke ( Call Me Anna ), a spokeswoman for the National Institute of Mental Health, tells the harrowing story of her illness and her long road to recovery. After a lifetime of emotional turbulence, including three divorces and years of unsuccessful therapies, Duke found her own "wonder drug": lithium. Interspersed throughout her personal account are chapters that give the latest information about manic-depressive illness, its many forms and the various treatments for it, as documented by Hochman ( Adult Children of Divorce ). Also included is advice on what families can do to cope and a list of resources for the mentally ill, including organizations that care for them. A chapter examines the connection...


Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and The Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison
068483183X
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is. Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Bipolar Balancing ACT
Rich Melcher
0595227554
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Challenges in living with and overcoming bipolar disorder, through the eyes of two who have been there.

About the Author
Rich and Carol met because they shared a common ailment, manic-depression, and were both willing to talk about it.


An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfield Jamison
0679763309
January 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
In Touched with Fire, Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized," Jamison writes. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live...


Manic-Depressive Illness
Frederick K. Goodwin M.D., Kay Redfield Jamison
0195039343
January 15, 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
National Institute of Mental Health. Major, comprehensive and interpretive review and reference for psychiatrists. DNLM: 1. Bipolar Disorder.

Book Info
National Institute of Mental Health. Major, comprehensive and interpretive review and reference for psychiatrists. DNLM: 1. Bipolar Disorder.


Fragments of My Life
Carol J. Griffin
0595289053
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Carol Griffin's Fragments of my Life, A Journal About Manic Depression And Its Companion Illnesses was written for people with manic Depressive illness and its companion illnesses.

This book offers family and friends a glimpse of life with a brain disease.

Carol first knew she was not like other people when she was sixteen years old, however she would not get help until she was forty, despite a family history of mental illness. At the time of her diagnosis the Food and Drug Administration had just approved lithium and life became bearable for her.

In 1994 Carol was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, often a companion to manic depression. She calls the two illnesses the dynamic duo. Despite her illness she worked 24 years in career positions which she picked carefully to fit her illness. ...



Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression
Lana R. Castle
1569245584
January 2003
Paperback
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Nancy Rosenfeld, author of New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder
"Bipolar disorder presents constant challenges. Lana Castle confronts these challenges...and offers personal wisdom in relaying her own story."

E Fuller Torrey, M.D., co-author of Surviving Manic Depression
"Bipolar Disorder Demystified is a very useful book written by a woman who has been there. "

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Manic Depression - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
Icon Health Publications
059784027X
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In March 2001, the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Furthermore, because of the rapid increase in Internet-based information, many hours can be wasted searching, selecting, and printing.This book was created for medical professionals, students, and members of the general public who want to conduct medical research using the most advanced tools available and spending the least amount of time doing so.

Download Description
This is a 3-in-1 reference book. It gives a complete medical dictionary covering hundreds of terms and expressions relating to manic depression. It...


Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder
Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston
1572243422
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Julie Fast and John Preston have written a ground breaking book for couples who want to prevent manic depressive disorder from hijacking their relationship. Fast, a health writer diagnosed with bipolar illness and clinical psychologist Preston are ideal companions. Their innovative ideas will be welcomed by exhausted partners of "bipolar individuals"--whose illness can cause them to alternate between manic and depressed behavior. Once medication has been prescribed, the key is studying the specific ways your partner is effected. This allows couples to develop pro-active strategies for treating and stabilizing mood swings and symptoms, before they develop into full-blown crises. The techniques emphasize prevention, rather than putting out fires. These include understanding the difference between the person and the disease...


Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers
E. Fuller Torrey
0465086640
February 2005
Paperback
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Psychology Today
"This book will be a godsend to those affected directly or indirectly by this disease."

Newsday
"It spells out virtually everything one needs to know, including extensive resource information."

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Dr. Samuel & Mr. Hyde
Sam S. Barklis
0759606552
Aug 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
This book describes the author's high and low episodes from the onset of his bipolar disorder to the present, a period of 40 years. Distinct personality changes occur during mood turbulence--all visualized as various aspects of Mr. Hyde. Thus, Mr. Hyde-high and Mr. Hyde-low are distinct in their behavior and expressions. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder
Demitri Papolos M.D.
0767912853
September 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
For any caregiver experiencing life with a bipolar child, Demitri and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child will be an indispensable reference guide. The material is presented clearly, with lots of helpful charts and lists to aid in receiving proper diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care. All medical information is relayed with the aim of helping parents to ensure effective treatment for their children and includes journal-tracking formats to help caregivers provide accurate information to personal physicians. Importantly, many pages are devoted to discussions about the emotional upheavals that living with a bipolar child can bring, and how parents and children can cope most effectively. The book is filled with families' stories that do a beautiful job providing comfort and inspiration to others. A detailed chapter on...


Business as Usual and Other Peculiarities
Charles Oscar Garcia-Nelson
0759697477
Mar 2002
Paperback
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His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina
Danielle Steel
0385334672
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Like Kurt Cobain, Nick Traina lived for punk rock (his bands made two CDs, Gift Before I Go and 17 Reasons), succumbed to heroin addiction, and died of suicide. His mom, Danielle Steel, takes us through her 19 twister-like years with Nick in a memoir more affecting than her potboiler novels. Like his AWOL addict father, Nick had good looks, bad behavior, and a yen for the feminine. Five days before he died, he phoned a woman he saw in a centerfold and had a new girlfriend by nightfall. But his fun was ever haunted by manic depression. At age 11, he was a bed wetter who ate all the Tylenol and Sudafed in the house. He first considered suicide at 13, as Steel learned by reading his diaries after his death.

There is tension in this story--one doctor told Steel if she could get Nick to live to 30, he'd probably live a normal...



Why Am I Still Depressed Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder
Jim Phelps
0071462376
March 6, 2006
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Book Description
The only guide written specifically for the millions who suffer from "soft" bipolar disorder. People with "soft" bipolar disorder, also known as Bipolar II, have frequent episodes of depression along with anxiety, irritability, and restless sleep. Why Am I Still Depressed? helps you discover if you or someone you love may have a nonmanic form of bipolar disorder and shows how to work with doctors to safely treat the condition. Dr. Jim Phelps, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating bipolar disorder, examines the advantages and potential hazards of taking antidepressant medications and explores a range of treatment options, including exercise, research-tested psychotherapies, and medication approaches, from principle to practice.

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Agents in My Brain
Bill Hannon
0812693469
Jan 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Hannon is brave indeed to have written this memoir of his struggle with the manic depression which has afflicted him since high school. But bravery alone doesn't redeem the repetitive and unsophisticated prose that impedes his story. Until 1976 and his senior year in his Washington State high school, Hannon describes himself as "still super-jock, super-brain, and super-smooth compared to now." His mother suffered from manic depression from 1955 to her death in 1981, and Hannon believes his father's possessiveness (Hannon wasn't allowed to date) came from loneliness. Hannon goes on in detail about his life before the illness first manifested itself as an inability to concentrate and trouble swimming, followed a few months later by a manic episode while on a six-week trip to Israel. He was hospitalized there before...


The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder (The Healthy Mind Guides)
Stephanie Marohn
1571742913
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder,an innovative and inspiring book on natural medicine treatments for a healthy mind, is about healing bipolar, not merely enduring it. Within these pages, medical journalist Stephanie Marohn explores the key contributing factors and triggers for mood disorder and profiles a range of effective, nondrug-based approaches that can truly restore health. Treating the underlying imbalances, rather than suppressing the outer symptoms (as most drugs do), leads to lasting recovery. And only by considering the well-being of the mind and spirit as well as the body can comprehensive healing take place.


Depression Workbook 2d
Mary Ellen Copeland
157224268X
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
It may be difficult for those suffering from depression to add a little work into their day; simply getting out of bed can seem like plenty of work. But if you are newly diagnosed or experiencing moderate problems with depression or bipolar disorder, The Depression Workbook might be a literal lifesaver.

The first section is especially useful to new patients just learning to navigate the signs, treatments, and vocabulary of depression. Clearly written overviews of specific symptoms are coupled with space for you to write in your own thoughts on treatment, prognosis, and your ultimate goals. Checklists and daily planners help to identify both areas of difficulty and positive experiences; later in the book, you'll find charts for tracking medications, diet, and doctor visits.

A full section is devoted to the...



A Lifelong Journey
Sarah Russell
0855723572
Apr 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
A Lifelong Journey provides evidence that people with manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, can, and do, stay well. Many people with manic depression are living happy and fulfilling lives. How do they manage to stay well? Contributors to this book discuss many different ways to stay mentally healthy. It is rarely just about seeing a psychiatrist and taking prescribed medication. Although there is not a "one-fix-fixes-all" approach, there are some common strategies used to help people stay well. With insight, education, experience, and time, people with manic depression can learn what will work for them.

About the Author
Sarah Russell is the principal researcher of Research Matters in Melbourne, Australia. Sarah creatively engages people regarding issues of health...


Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families
Francis Mark Mondimore
0801861187
April 1999
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
paper 0-8018-6118-7 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 foremostprimarily 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...


Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison
0029160308


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Book Review
The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is. Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder : Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementar y Solutions, Including: Proper ... Depression & Manic-Depressive ... (New Hope)
Jan Fawcett, et al
0761530088
September 14, 2000
Paperback
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Alan Schatzberg, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
This easy-to-read book demystifies the illness and teaches without scaring. A real addition to mental health literature!

Review
Discover Exciting New Treatments For Bipolar Disorder

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