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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071462376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462372
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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If you are depressed and have a relative with Bipolar Disorder this book is for you.
Tammas Kelly, MD
I decided to buy this book to further my understanding and I felt like I was reading my lifestory!
Ariel Dove
I thought Dr. Phelps presented some very interesting and unique information in his book.
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163 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Tammas Kelly, MD on February 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy before its publication. If you have had repeated depressions, depression that started before age 30, a depression that has gone on for years or depression that fails to be treated by antidepressant this book may save your life. If you don’t think you have Bipolar Disorder this book will help you decide. If you are depressed and have a relative with Bipolar Disorder this book is for you. If you have depression and mood swings this book is for you. Bipolar II sufferers have very little “highs” easily missed by professionals. Some times there are no “highs” at all and only irritability. If your mind just goes and goes at night when you are trying to go to sleep this book is for you. If you have been diagnosed Borderline there is at least a 50% chance you are Bipolar II and this book is for you. If you are have Bipolar II this book is for you. If you have a loved one with Bipolar II this book is for you. If you are a counselor, a primary care physician or a psychiatrist this book is for you. Don’t thing you see or treat Bipolar II this book is especially for you. Think that Bipolar is over diagnosed read this book and you will save lives.

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.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sir Coffee duBean on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have suffered from Bipolar II disorder for over a decade before being diagnosed 18 months ago. Upon the outset of my treatment I began to research my condition and eventually came upon Dr. Phelps' website, psycheducation.org. It was a GOD-send to have all this well researched, referenced and linked information right there! IT CHANGED THE COURSE I TOOK in my treatment and for the better. The emphasis here is who has the control: you, the condition or the doctor? The answer should be YOU! With this book you begin equiping yourself with practical knowledge that urges you to learn all you can about your condition and thus make educated decisions about how to successfully manage your condition. And it isn't all about medication either! A MUST HAVE book for anyone who is just becomming familiar with this condition and/or needs the latest information to help others. The stigma and enigma of bipolar disorder, even depression, will be removed thanks to the ongoing work of Dr. Phelps and the many experts he sites!
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149 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Sullivan on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Why am I still depressed? .... By Jim Phelps M.D.

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.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Fairbanks on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after being diagnosed as Bipolar II. For many years I've been diagnosed as having PMS, PMDD, and most forms of depression. It wasn't until I experienced a major depressive episode (suicidal), became euphoric while on antidepressants, and saw a good psychiatrist that I felt I was finally diagnosed properly.

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.
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