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Bipolar Disorder for Dummies, 3rd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started on Your Bipolar Journey 5 Chapter 1: Grasping Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms and Diagnosis 7 Chapter 2: Finding the Cause: The Brain and Body Science of Bipolar Disorder 29 Chapter 3: Reining in Bipolar Disorder: Prognosis and Treatments 47 Part II: Obtaining a Diagnosis and Building a Treatment Plan and Team 61 Chapter 4: Diagnosis Step 1: Ruling Out Other Health Issues 63 Chapter 5: Diagnosis Step 2: Obtaining a Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment Plan 75 Chapter 6: Building a Winning Mood-Management Team 93 Part III: Managing the Biology of Bipolar Disorder 107 Chapter 7: Leveling Moods with Medication 109 Chapter 8: Coming to Terms with Medications and Their Side Effects 141 Chapter 9: Expanding Your Biological Treatment Options 159 Chapter 10: Treating Bipolar Disorder in Women and Other Specific Populations 171 Part IV: Developing Essential Survival Skills 185 Chapter 11: Exploring Self-Help Strategies, Therapies, and Other Supports 187 Chapter 12: Making Lifestyle Adjustments 201 Chapter 13: Communicating Effectively 221 Chapter 14: Solving Problems and Resolving Conflict 233 Chapter 15: Planning Ahead for a Mood Episode 243 Part V: Dealing with the Fallout 253 Chapter 16: From Hospitalization to Recovery 255 Chapter 17: Returning to Work . . . or Not 269 Chapter 18: Overcoming Financial Setbacks 281 Part VI: Assisting a Friend or Relative with Bipolar Disorder 295 Chapter 19: Supporting Your Loved One 297 Chapter 20: Dealing with Crisis Situations 311 Chapter 21: Backing Your Bipolar Child or Teen 327 Part VII: The Part of Tens 353 Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Managing Bipolar 355 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Help a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder 361 Index 367

About the Author

Candida Fink, MD is a psychiatrist, board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, who specializes in working with people of all ages and their loved ones to manage bipolar disorder. Joe Kraynak is a professional writer who deals with bipolar in his family.

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