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Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder Paperback – March 27, 2006
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Tried everything but still not feeling better?
If your depression keeps coming back or is even getting worse, then you may be suffering from bipolar II or “soft” bipolar disorder. Commonly misdiagnosed, these mood disorders are characterized by recurring bouts of depression along with anxiety, irritability, mood swings, sleep problems, or intrusive thoughts.
Why Am I Still Depressed? shows you how to identify if you have a nonmanic form of bipolar disorder and how to work with your doctor to safely and effectively treat it.
Author James R. Phelps, M.D., gives you the latest tools and knowledge so you can:
- Understand the Mood Spectrum, a powerful new tool for diagnosis
- Know all your treatment options, including mood-stabilizing medications and research-tested psychotherapies
- Examine the potential hazards of taking antidepressant medications
- Manage your condition with exercise and lifestyle changes
- Help family and friends with this condition understand their diagnosis and find treatment
About the Author
James R. Phelps, M.D., has been practicing psychiatry for more than fifteen years and specializes in treating bipolar disorder. He speaks on bipolar disorder throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Phelps has authored journal articles for American Journal of Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, and Academic Medicine. For more information visit his website PsychEducation.org.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is the first and only book dedicated to the most common type of Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar II. Bipolar II disorder represent as much as 7% of our population. It is as common or more common than Major Depression. All other books about “Bipolar” are about Bipolar I and don’t address the special needs of people who have Bipolar II. The average time to be correctly diagnosed is 12 years. As a leading educator in the field of psychiatry Dr. Phelps has access to the latest scientific information even before it is published. This book was written for the layperson yet contains a cornucopia of information about Bipolar II that it is a must read for professionals.
I read Dr Phelps book over the weekend, and due to the fact that I consider myself to be fairly well educated about bipolar disorder, I wasn't expecting any big surprises. I certainly wasn't expecting any answers to questions that have nagged me for years, but I was most pleasantly surprised. The book itself is well written, spelling out in plain language how to recognize and treat Bipolar II Disorder, or Soft Bipolar Disorder - or, in fact, the entire bipolar spectrum (personally this was the first major hurdle I had to cross, although I have seen suggestions of spectrums before, breaking bipolar disorder into six subtypes for example, rather than two. But the concept of bipolarity occurring across the spectrum was a new one for me. On a score of 1-5 I would give this book a 5.5 - I think it is that important that any person with mood swings or recurrent depression is able to read about, and understand how even subtle changes in mood can provoke problems along the way.
Dr. Phelps is speaking to us, the patient (or survivor as many of us prefer to be called), and to the physicians who treat us, who have been educated in the older school of thought about bipolar disorder - almost like a math equation: 2 of this plus 4 of that and because none of this is added in it = "bipolar disorder II" Dr Phelps is more like a gourmet chef ... looking at a wide variety of signs and symptoms, ferreting out even the smallest change of mood as evidence of bipolar disorder in people who had previously been thought to have major depression (many people who are diagnosed with major depression are later diagnosed with bipolar disorder ... often taking an average of seven years to have their diagnosis changed.Read more ›
Many books I have read thus far seem to focus on Bipolar I, while this one goes in depth on Bipolar II in clear, consise language. As a sufferer of Bipolar II, I have never experienced the euphoria (until taking antidepressants) that many with Bipolar I experience. When I hit the "manic" stage, I become extremely agitated and have become violent. This book explained my experience, as if the author had read my mind and laid it out in print so I could comprehend it.
I do have to agree with another reviewer that use of the term "soft" is condescending as our lows are much lower than those living with Bipolar I.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed as Bipolar II or their loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This changed my life. I'm not exaggerating at all. Dr Phelps' website is the first thing that led me to consider bipolar disorder after having the diagnoses of depression,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MBM
What was most profound about this book is discovering you don't have to be full blown manic to be "bipolar". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie E Santos
I've actually quoted this book when trying to explain my feelings to others. No one can describe this condition as well as Jim Phelps.Published 4 months ago by Julie Mama
really good mood disorder book. I learned a lot. Phelps is a great writer. Lots of resources included too! Thanks.Published 4 months ago by Kim G.
Very informational concerning Bipolar II depression. This book will answers so many questions concerning this illness including the proper medications, the signs and symptoms of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Oliver
Very interestesting book for all of us who maybe are soft bipolar.Published 6 months ago by Lars Wetterling
Idiosyncratic, based on small samples: he is a lone wolf, quite stimulating in his own views about "the bipolar spectrum.I am inclined to believe him.Published 8 months ago by G. R. Babineau
If you or a loved one suffer from depression, anxiety, racing thoughts or bouts of agitation that don't go away or recur you must read this book. Dr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Don Berman
This book was recommended by my psychaitrist, and it proved to be a very useful resource. This book helps you learn more about the different kinds of Bipolar and their symptoms,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ben