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Bipolar II: Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression--The Essential Guide to Recognize and Treat the Mood Swings of This Increasingly Common Disorder Hardcover – October 3, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"God bless Dr. Fieve; he's done it again! Bipolar II gives us just the tool we need in order to address our disorder. For patients like me, family members, even doctors and mental health workers, this is an answer to a prayer."  --Patty Duke, author of Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness


"In his brilliant new book, Fieve--a founding father in the study of bipolar II, and one of the first to discover its advantages--addresses the practical problem that bedevils all bipolars: How do you channel the hypomania's creative fire without getting burned? If you suspect that you or someone you love is bipolar II, buy this book--now!" ---John D. Gartner, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, and author of The Hypomanic Edge


"I am very pleased that Dr. Ronald Fieve has published this book. Dr. Fieve is a pioneer in the recognition and treatment of bipolar disorder, and his previous work, Moodswing, has been an excellent book for patients with this condition to learn about bipolar disorder and its treatments. Bipolar II disorder is an important and common form of the bipolar spectrum. Dr. Fieve's contributions to our understanding and treatment of this disorder are outstanding, and I believe this book will be a must read for patients who have bipolar conditions."   -- David L. Dunner, MD, director, Center for Anxiety and Depression, and professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

About the Author

RONALD R. FIEVE, MD, is a psychopharmacologist and professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the author of two books: Moodswing and Prozac: Questions and Answers for Patients, Family, and Physicians. He has published hundreds of scientific papers in the field of bipolar and depression research and has contributed to many scientific books and publications. Dr. Fieve lives and practices in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

I found this book very helpful and informative.
sussie
(TWO) It's like the author just kept taking examples from cases of patients with Bipolar I or other mood disorders and throwing them into the same basket.
Dallas Drew
A definite must read for anyone wanting to know more about this mood disorder.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By K. Fischer on December 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book with great expectations based on the review. His observations are based on his practice with Bipolar II patients, but I don't know how applicable they are to current thoughts of Bipolar II based on my other readings.

He spends the first 30 pages or so telling you all about how he was the first person to coin this phrase, discover this condition, use this medicine, etc. He spends the next 100 pages or so talking about all the high-rollers in New York City that are his patients and how their periods of hypomania are beneficial to them. I guess he counts the mass accumulation of material goods as "beneficial." He finishes the book describing approaches to medical therapy that are really nothing new.

I finished the book with this image of a typical patient with Bipolar II being benefited by the illness, with little short pesky interludes of depression, which if I didn't know any better would lead me to think that it doesn't need to be treated.

I felt more mislead than educated.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Drew on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If one is trying to educate, one should use the proper terminology. Bipolar II. (TWO) It's like the author just kept taking examples from cases of patients with Bipolar I or other mood disorders and throwing them into the same basket. BiPolar II is VERY different than other mood disorders and this book did nothing but confuse this recently diagnosed BP II patient. I threw my copy away in the trash.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By matt on December 3, 2006
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I found the book to be not very useful. Mainly I saw very little in the discussion of hypomania that sounded familiar - instead of anxiety, irritability, and anger, I found the typical bipolar I symptoms, including euphoria. This may reflect that the field still groups many different illnesses under the term "bipolar II". There's a little bit of ancillary information I may be able to use, but overall I'm disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Mills on January 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Too many books on bipolar disorder focus heavily on bipolar I and mention bipolar II symptoms almost as an afterthought. Dr. Fieve has finally written a book that focuses on bipolar II. I was initially skeptical of the book because the subtitle implied that Dr. Fieve would focus on how to make the most of hypomania. However, this is misleading. Fieve emphasizes that, for most patients, the illness must be treated with medication often simultaneously with some form of therapy.

I read several of the other reviewers who felt Fieve recommended otherwise, but that is not how I interpreted the book. There are entire chapters on the importance of being properly diagnosed and finding the right medication and therapy. Only one chapter focuses on what Fieve calls bipolar IIB in which some patients opted not to receive treatment and managed successfully without it.

My only concern with the book is that Fieve emphasizes that many of his bipolar II patients are highly successful businesspeople or artists -- the movers and shakers of Manhattan. I am afraid that many with bipolar II will not see themselves falling into that category. I certainly don't.

What I did like about the book was Fieve's writing style. He addresses some complicated topics such as brain functioning and medication in a way that's easy to read and understand, and never did I feel that he was talking down to the reader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Estefania on August 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is rare: you won't find many so in depth concerning Bipolar II. Many people don't even have any idea that this different form exists outside Bipolar I! It has been an amazing eye-opener and has helped me become more comfortable, as well as a teaching tool for the rest of my family. There is a great "stay well" section which I think could benefit anyone with this "increasingly common disorder". My psychiatrist is even going to recommend it to other patients, after I brought it into his office. In my opinion, a very reputable source of information!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sussie on May 8, 2012
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My boyfriend of 3 years has recently been diagnosed with Bipolar. I found this book very helpful and informative. It helped us find the right medication for him and understand
the roller coster we have been on for the last 3 years and what he has gone through for almost 20. It also helps you find the positive attributes to this often difficult disease in a way that can help you reap its benefits and avoid its down falls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Stryker on October 23, 2011
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Not a substitute for seeing your local shrink but a huge help to get someone with Bipolar illness focused til the meds kick in.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Porterfield on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was impressed with the knowledge and basic facts about this little known disorder. It was extremely helpful for someone recently diagnosed with BiPolar II to help understand what to expect and how to handle the ups and downs of this disease. It also assists in learning how to reach out to get help when and even before you need it. Highly recommend!
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