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Bipolar, Not So Much: Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression Hardcover – January 17, 2017
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“This work is filled with pragmatic, valuable information that helps readers figure out where they may be on the disorder spectrum, explains various symptoms of the disorder, provides handy self-diagnostic tests, and offers tips to assist readers in connecting with their physician. . . . A remarkable addition to the growing genre of mental health disorders and treatment that relates to the reality of how many patients with a mood disorder do not necessarily fit one end or another of the disorder spectrum.”
- Library Journal
“I highly recommend this book. . . . It provides excellent advice for all conceivable aspects of dealing with this illness―from being a patient, to their families (or places of work), and their care providers.”
- Metapsychology Online Reviews
“Presented primarily to help clients gain an understanding of their place on the mood spectrum, these tools have already found their way into my own thinking and practice. . . . Students, beginning social workers, and even seasoned ones will find much of value. . . . [A]ccessible to the person who experiences these conditions, but with enough depth and rigor to be engaging and valuable to clinicians. I have recommended it to several colleagues, will prescribe it to several clients, and have awarded it precious space on my clinical shelves. ”
- The New Social Worker
“This informative book is easy to read and provides practical information for patients and families. . . . I would also recommend this book to mental health trainees―it is useful for them to know what patients know.”
- David L. Dunner, MD, FACPsych, Journal of Psychiatric Practice
“Perfect book for the patient. Great information and many pearls, including how to help your doctor help you. I highly recommend it.”
- Robert M. Post, MD, Head, Bipolar Collaborative Network, Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington School of Medicine, former Chief of the NIMH's Biological Psychiatry Branch
“Drs. Aiken and Phelps have provided a great yet easy-to-read book for those with depressive and other symptoms that have burdened them and their loved ones for too long. When antidepressants and therapy alone don't work, Bipolar, Not So Much offers insights into what may be the real diagnosis. This informative book gives important clues to better identify the different shades of depressive and bipolar disorders. From those clues, it guides people towards the steps they need to recover. It includes up-to-date reviews of medications, natural and lifestyle approaches, as well as useful tips for living more effectively with mood problems in relationships and at work.”
- Richard Weisler, MD, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center
“Explaining the concept of the mood disorder spectrum can be a formidable task for any psychiatric provider. Kudos to Drs. Aiken and Phelps for addressing this challenge by providing an easily accessible understanding of the mood disorder spectrum and its treatment, including how to live well with the diagnosis by offering lifestyle tips and numerous online resources. This will be my go to book for patients and their families!”
- Dana Hillyer, Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, APRN
“This book is packed with information that will enable patients to understand their bipolar spectrum disorder, how to collaborate with their provider, and how to use important methods of self-management of their moods. My work is greatly enhanced when patients come armed with this knowledge. Families and patients will appreciate the informal tone of this book and the demystification of these concepts.”
- Robert Caldwell, MD
“This book is a must-read for all psychiatrists and therapists who work with those on the mood spectrum as well as their families. The authors are thought leaders who are able to translate their clinical experiences and the medical literature into language all can understand.”
- Tammas Kelly, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University, Washington DC
About the Author
Chris Aiken, MD, is the director of the Mood Treatment Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and an instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is active in medical research and has published on the treatment and diagnosis of mood disorders. Dr. Aiken began his career as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health and completed his medical training at Yale, Cornell and Duke University Medical Centers.
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I was diagnosed with bipolar 30 years ago, when it was referred to as manic-depression. What little reading material was available on bipolar, and other mood disorders, was written by professionals, for professionals, in technical language. What I like about this book is the authors explain the difficulty of a black and white diagnosis in language everyone can understand. The book contains information on medications, treatments, traditional and cutting edge therapies, and most important, self-care. Aiken and Phelps emphasize that living with a mood disorder isn't simply a matter of diagnosis and medication.They delve into the significance of sleep, light, diet, exercise, and triggers that might indicate you are entering a serious episode. A chapter is devoted to relationships and work.
Over the years, I had to learn by trial and error how to maneuver the stormy waters of bipolar I. The gift of this book is that it spells out thoroughly and compassionately, how persons dealing with mood disorders, can not only stay afloat, but also lead healthy and productive lives. Bipolar, Not So Much, is a treasure trove of information for mental health professionals, loved ones, and people like me, who deal with a mood disorder.