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New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementar y Solutions, Including: ... of Depression & Manic-Depressive ... Paperback – September 14, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: New Hope
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761530088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761530084
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discover Exciting New Treatments For Bipolar Disorder

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Comments by: Jan Fawcett, M.D.

This book was originally Nancy Rosenfeld's idea. A book from the perspectives of a patient, a psychiatrist and a psychologist seemed like a good idea, especially a book that attacked stigma and educated people. Fred Goodwin, M.D., who wrote the forward for the book, was bluntly critical after reading the initial copy, but Nancy was able to accept his critique and persist in making the changes he advised. Without Fred's careful reading and blunt criticism, the book could not have succeeded.

The book offers *hope* on several levels. First, one does not need to be defined by his or her illness. There need be no shame in having bipolar disorder. Knowledge about the illness and its treatment will enable one to find effective treatment. New treatment methods have increased our capacity to treat the illness. New research showing that the brain changes in response to learning holds out the possibility that new learning techniques (such as cognitive therapy and other methods yet to be developed) will modify the course of the illness in the future. Knowledge is power--so hopefully this book will contribute to each individual's ability to cope with bipolar disorder.

*Stigma* is based on ignorance and fear. Successful treatments, new research, successful outcomes and the communication of these outcomes--as you will find in our book--will reduce stigma.

We discuss *new findings* of the occurrence of bipolar disorders in twins, families and adopted children of bipolar parents who have been reviewed and present a strong case for a genetically transmitted vulnerability which is brought out by environmental stresses. The search for the identification of specific genes for bipolar disorder and the problem presented by multiple genes is discussed in the book. Finally, we cover some of the possible mechanisms of the illness suggested by effects of various medications.

Customer Reviews

Many of my questions were answered in this book and it is very easy to read.
Patty E. Fleener
If all you want is a feel-good, fast read, not particularly enlightening book, this might be for you.
B. J Murray
This book should be read by bipolar patients, as well as their families and friends.
Avery Z. Conner

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Janet Hale Tabin on October 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
A collaboration of three writers, New Hope for People With Bipolar Disorder speaks to a broad audience. Coming from three perspectives, the book sometimes speaks *to* the bipolar sufferer and sometimes speaks *for* the afflicted individual or family. While providing advice to the manic-depressive, to people in intimate relationships with manic-depressives (parents and spouses) and to friends, acquaintances and colleagues of manic-depressives, the book also makes appeals to the medical profession and other service providers, to the insurance industry and to the general public.
Speaking to the individual suffering from bipolar disorder or related afflictions, three chapters on the biological and medical aspects serve as an up-to-the-moment primer for the lay person. A solid backgrounder, this section prepares the patient for a more informed and engaged relationship with his or her doctors and other medical providers.
Likewise for the sufferer himself or herself, chapters on psychotherapy, self-help and support groups compile the best advice and guidance the field has offered over the past decade.
While much of the information useful to the patient himself or herself is also useful to family and friends, chapters on living with afflicted people and on suicide prevention speak more directly to individuals in these positions.
Finally, chapters on stigma and on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents address the larger community. Doctors and medical providers are asked to keep current with improving treatment options and regimes. Insurance providers are implored to grasp the essentially medical nature of these illnesses and handle coverage as other medical coverage is handled.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. VINE VOICE on June 22, 2001
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Bipolar disorder is often underdiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed as depression, particularly for people who have Bipolar II disorder (where severe depressive episodes are sandwiched between periods of mild or hypomania), who often feel sick and seek treatment only when they're depressed -- and thus are diagnosed as depressed or dysthymic. Without proper treatment of the bipolar disorder, things won't improve. This book really opened my eyes to what bipolar disorder is all about and why it is often hard to diagnose. On average, persons suffering from bipolar disorder see four psychiatrists and suffer for over ten years before they are diagnosed properly. This book is jam-packed with useful information -- facts on symptoms, common behaviors of sufferers, the different types of bipolar disorder, information on medication, and anecdotes from people suffering from bipolar and their families. It's also very clear and readable. I certainly wouldn't recommend self-diagnosis, but this book may help you help your psychiatrist make a proper diagnosis or help you understand a loved one.
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By G.M.L.R. on July 18, 2001
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I am 24 and have been bipolar my whole life. When meds and therapy just weren't enough to help me, I started reading books. This is by far the best, most helpful, informative, and well-written book on Bipolar Disorder. Written by 2 psychiatrists and a woman with bipolar disorder, this book touches on a broad range of topics from new medical findings to how to productively live with the disease and even has 2 color pictures of depressed and normal brains! It has helped my battle with the illness dramatically!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2002
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This book had the best descriptions of mania and depression of any I've read. I have personal experience with these disorders through family members. I have collected a library on these subjects, wanting to understand as much as I can. I have often been disappointed with books on the bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
"New Hope..." is excellent for those suffering from not only bipolar disorder, but from clinical depression. I appreciated the scientific information, including images of the brain of a depressed person and a "normal" person. It's phenomenal to see that there is actually a physical difference.
The knowledge in this book is truly hope for those who suffer from depression and from bipolar disorder. It should be recommended for all family members of people who suffer from these conditions.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2001
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New Hope For Bipolar Disorder offers a wealth of information for those with this disorder, their family and friends and any reader who wants a comprehensive understanding of this challenging illness. Written in language that is fluid, easy to understand and well organized, this book offers the reader a format that combines three different perspectives; each shedding light on the topic from their unique experiences. Information is comprehensive and presented in a manner that is packed with facts and yet easy to follow. This book provides a thorough discussion of symptoms, treatment and a solid basic understanding of the biology of the disorder. It offers good guidelines regarding attention to suicide. What makes this book different than other books on this topic is attention to the human side of the illness. These are clearly evidencedby Nancy's personal account, discussions of stigma, an examination of the subjective experience of optimism and pessimism, and a chapter that explores the stress in the relationships of those with bipolar disorder. Finally, New Hope for Bipolar Disorder presents a solid and focused discussion of psychotherapies that can be useful in treatment with those with this disorder and helping their loved ones. It details a discussio of cognitive-behavioral therapy with depression, and identifies the various strengths of couples therapy, individual therapy (for those with the disorder and/or those living with them), family and multiple family therapy. One of my closest friends was diagnosed with this disorder several years ago. This book has helped me tremendously to better understand her, to be more empathic with her and to better understand and be sensitive to my own reactions in our friendship. This book offers a wealth of information regarding bipolar disorder.
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Jan Fawcett has pursued a career as a clinical psychiatrist, researcher, and teacher. He has focused his career on treatment resistant depression and the prevention of suicide. During his career he has had clinical contact with brilliant and creative as well as extremely destructive people.

About 15 years ago, he was found to have a malignant melanoma, then a year later underwent a diagnostic evaluation for the spread of this cancer - a potential death sentence. He had thoughts of heading West, living out what life he had left-but then found that he was clear of metastases. This resulted in an epiphany - Why do you have to be dying to do what you really want to do? This experience inspired him to write his first work of fiction: Living Forever. A student of Buddhism, he wanted to explore "pure consciousness" separate from a material world and the importance of consciousness, in terms of right and left brain functions and their significance for the future of humanity. The result is Living Forever.

In between teaching clinical psychiatry as well as publishing literature regarding suicide prevention and the treatment of refractory mood disorders, he is beginning a sequel to Living Forever.His favorite book is Zen Mind,Begginer's Mind from which he learned to repeatedly become a beginer at some new interest in order to maintain his enthusiasm for life.