Bipolar, not so much Understanding your mood swings and depression

Chris Aiken, 1974-

Book - 2017

"Approaching depression as a complex disorder with many different facets rather than all-or-nothing,"

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New York : W.W. Norton & Company [2017]
Main Author
Chris Aiken, 1974- (author)
Other Authors
James Phelps, 1953- (author)
First edition
Physical Description
xiv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. What Type of Depression Do You Have?
  • 1. Understanding the Mood Spectrum
  • 2. The Down Side: Depression
  • 3. The Up Side: From Hypomania to Mania, and Everything In-Between
  • 4. The Mixed-Up Side: When Mania and Depression Collide
  • 5. A Little Bipolar? How Much?
  • 6. About Your Diagnosis
  • 7. Is It All in the Genes?
  • 8. The Living Side: Finding Normal
  • Part 2. A Healing Lifestyle
  • 9. Daily Rhythms
  • 10. Light and Dark
  • 11. Managing Insomnia
  • 12. Getting Active
  • 13. Exercise? How About Just Walking
  • 14. Diet
  • 15. Managing Substances
  • 16. Coming Soon: Bipolar and Technology
  • Part 3. Treatment
  • 17. The Right Stuff: How to Find Good Care
  • 18. Medications: Our Top Choices
  • 19. Mood-Lifting Stabilizers: The Full Details
  • 20. Antidepressants and Other Mood Destabilizers
  • 21. Medications for Breakthrough Episodes
  • 22. Anxiety, Concentration, and Sleep: The Other Poles of Bipolar
  • 23. Natural Healers
  • 24. Knowing When to Stop Medications
  • 25. Live Long and Minimize Side Effects
  • 26. Beyond Medication: Electricity, Magnets, and Depression
  • 27. Good Therapy
  • Part 4. Reclaiming Your Life
  • 28. Relationships
  • 29. Work and School
  • 30. For Friends and Family
  • Appendix
  • Appendix A. Medication Glossary
  • Appendix B. Hypomania in 900 Words
  • Appendix C. 150 Things to Try When You're Depressed
  • Appendix D. Online Resources
  • Appendix E. Further Reading
  • Appendix F. Support Groups
  • References
  • Index
Review by Library Journal Review

Aiken (director, Mood Treatment Ctr.) and Phelps (director, Samaritan Mental Health; A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders) present an easy-to-read analysis of bipolar spectrum disorder. The authors clarify the spectrum from unipolar (depression without mania) to bipolar (mania with or without depression). Their focus is on a form of depression that falls somewhere in between these two extremes, settling on the term depression with bipolarity or bipolarity. This work is filled with pragmatic, valuable information that helps readers figure out where they may be on the disorder spectrum, explains various symptoms of the disorder, provides handy self-diagnostic tests, and offers tips to assist readers in connecting with their -physician. The treatment section includes how to find good care, the latest information on medications, top choices for treatment, explanations of each of the primary groups of medications, natural healing agents, knowing when medications can be discontinued, information on therapy that can support long-term wellness, and an important discussion on the impact of the disorder on family, work, and school relationships. VERDICT A remarkable addition to the growing genre of mental health disorders and treatment that relates to the reality of how many patients with a mood disorder do not necessarily fit one end or another of the disorder spectrum.- Dale Farris, Groves, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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