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New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder [Paperback]

Jan Fawcett , Bernard Golden , Nancy Rosenfeld

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27 Jun 2002 New Hope
Discover Exciting New Treatments For Bipolar Disorder
Now you can maintain control of your bipolar disorder and begin enjoying life again—today! This book dispels the myths and fears surrounding bipolar disorder. It offers compassionate, practical, and immediate guidance for anyone affected by this disorder. Inside, world-renowned experts present important, life-altering advances, including:
·The causes, symptoms, and patterns of bipolar disorder
·New medications
·The latest psychiatric findings
·Cutting-edge treatment models
·Complementary therapies that work
·Effective and practical tools for parenting your bipolar child
·And much more!
"This easy-to-read book demystifies the illness and teaches without scaring. A real addition to mental health literature!" —Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
"This creative, authoritative, state-of-the-art book is an enormously valuable tool in dealing with depression. Written from three unique perspectives, it is certain to profoundly impact the lives of patients and their families." —Martin Keller, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Hope offers an excellent introduction to a complex topic 6 Oct 2000
By Janet Hale Tabin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A collaboration of three writers, New Hope for People With Bipolar Disorder speaks to a broad audience. Coming from three perspectives, the book sometimes speaks *to* the bipolar sufferer and sometimes speaks *for* the afflicted individual or family. While providing advice to the manic-depressive, to people in intimate relationships with manic-depressives (parents and spouses) and to friends, acquaintances and colleagues of manic-depressives, the book also makes appeals to the medical profession and other service providers, to the insurance industry and to the general public.
Speaking to the individual suffering from bipolar disorder or related afflictions, three chapters on the biological and medical aspects serve as an up-to-the-moment primer for the lay person. A solid backgrounder, this section prepares the patient for a more informed and engaged relationship with his or her doctors and other medical providers.
Likewise for the sufferer himself or herself, chapters on psychotherapy, self-help and support groups compile the best advice and guidance the field has offered over the past decade.
While much of the information useful to the patient himself or herself is also useful to family and friends, chapters on living with afflicted people and on suicide prevention speak more directly to individuals in these positions.
Finally, chapters on stigma and on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents address the larger community. Doctors and medical providers are asked to keep current with improving treatment options and regimes. Insurance providers are implored to grasp the essentially medical nature of these illnesses and handle coverage as other medical coverage is handled. And, finally, the authors entreat the general public to engage a sense of compassion and understanding to reduce the stigma associated with these and other emotional illnesses.
Written in a remarkably fluid, readable style, New Hope For People With Bipolar Disorder deserves a place on many a bookshelf.
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't seem to kick your "depression"? Read this. 22 Jun 2001
By Carol C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bipolar disorder is often underdiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed as depression, particularly for people who have Bipolar II disorder (where severe depressive episodes are sandwiched between periods of mild or hypomania), who often feel sick and seek treatment only when they're depressed -- and thus are diagnosed as depressed or dysthymic. Without proper treatment of the bipolar disorder, things won't improve. This book really opened my eyes to what bipolar disorder is all about and why it is often hard to diagnose. On average, persons suffering from bipolar disorder see four psychiatrists and suffer for over ten years before they are diagnosed properly. This book is jam-packed with useful information -- facts on symptoms, common behaviors of sufferers, the different types of bipolar disorder, information on medication, and anecdotes from people suffering from bipolar and their families. It's also very clear and readable. I certainly wouldn't recommend self-diagnosis, but this book may help you help your psychiatrist make a proper diagnosis or help you understand a loved one.
92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bipolars MUST read this book! 19 July 2001
By G.M.L.R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am 24 and have been bipolar my whole life. When meds and therapy just weren't enough to help me, I started reading books. This is by far the best, most helpful, informative, and well-written book on Bipolar Disorder. Written by 2 psychiatrists and a woman with bipolar disorder, this book touches on a broad range of topics from new medical findings to how to productively live with the disease and even has 2 color pictures of depressed and normal brains! It has helped my battle with the illness dramatically!
66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and easy to read 28 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book had the best descriptions of mania and depression of any I've read. I have personal experience with these disorders through family members. I have collected a library on these subjects, wanting to understand as much as I can. I have often been disappointed with books on the bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
"New Hope..." is excellent for those suffering from not only bipolar disorder, but from clinical depression. I appreciated the scientific information, including images of the brain of a depressed person and a "normal" person. It's phenomenal to see that there is actually a physical difference.
The knowledge in this book is truly hope for those who suffer from depression and from bipolar disorder. It should be recommended for all family members of people who suffer from these conditions.
59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Information 18 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
New Hope For Bipolar Disorder offers a wealth of information for those with this disorder, their family and friends and any reader who wants a comprehensive understanding of this challenging illness. Written in language that is fluid, easy to understand and well organized, this book offers the reader a format that combines three different perspectives; each shedding light on the topic from their unique experiences. Information is comprehensive and presented in a manner that is packed with facts and yet easy to follow. This book provides a thorough discussion of symptoms, treatment and a solid basic understanding of the biology of the disorder. It offers good guidelines regarding attention to suicide. What makes this book different than other books on this topic is attention to the human side of the illness. These are clearly evidencedby Nancy's personal account, discussions of stigma, an examination of the subjective experience of optimism and pessimism, and a chapter that explores the stress in the relationships of those with bipolar disorder. Finally, New Hope for Bipolar Disorder presents a solid and focused discussion of psychotherapies that can be useful in treatment with those with this disorder and helping their loved ones. It details a discussio of cognitive-behavioral therapy with depression, and identifies the various strengths of couples therapy, individual therapy (for those with the disorder and/or those living with them), family and multiple family therapy. One of my closest friends was diagnosed with this disorder several years ago. This book has helped me tremendously to better understand her, to be more empathic with her and to better understand and be sensitive to my own reactions in our friendship. This book offers a wealth of information regarding bipolar disorder.
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