From Publishers Weekly
This intriguing guide to bipolar disorder is well designed and geared toward those suffering from the disorder and their family and friends. Narrator Kris Koscheski delivers the book's complex information with the utmost professionalism and empathy in this audio edition. He is responsible for making the at times rather complex research sound interesting and comprehendible to listeners. It's no easy feat, but luckily Koscheski is able to relate the material swiftly and smoothly, without sounding condescending in his approach and tone. The result is a family-friendly self-help guide that takes the stigma out of bipolar disorder and allows it to be approached in a thoughtful manner. A Guilford paperback. (May)
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From Library Journal
Hard on the heels of Fuller Torrey and Michael B. Knable's excellent Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers (LJ 1/02) comes another strong title. Both books cover the origins, symptoms, and treatments for bipolar disorder, with emphasis on current medications. The main difference between the two books is that the current title by Miklowitz (psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) is intended for patients. It spends a good deal of time on issues exclusive to the sufferer how to come to terms with the diagnosis, whom to confide in, and how to recognize one's own mood swings. More concise in its treatment of the issues just mentioned, Torrey and Knable's title is addressed to a more general audience, spends more time reviewing the scientific evidence concerning the origins of the disease, and has a much more useful resource list. On the whole, Surviving Manic Depression would be the first choice for most libraries, with Miklowitz's book recommended for patient education libraries and medium and large public libraries. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA
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