Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask

Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask

Charles Atkins

Language: English

Pages: 171

ISBN: 2:00294959

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask

Charles Atkins

Language: English

Pages: 171

ISBN: 2:00294959

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Approximately 5.7 million Americans have bipolar disorder, a brain disorder also known as manic-depressive illness. The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book is an authoritative reference for people with Bipolar Disorder and their loved ones, providing sound advice and immediate answers to their most pressing questions. Written by an experienced psychiatrist, The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book covers such topics as:

• What are the symptoms and different types of Bipolar Disorder?
• Can other illnesses cause Bipolar Disorder?
• What therapies, medications and relapse-prevention strategies can help with Bipolar Disorder?
• How does Bipolar Disorder differ in children and adults?
• What special issues are there for women with Bipolar Disorder?
• How can family and friends respond in a psychiatric emergency?

The Bipolar Disorder Answer Book offers up clear, confident counsel in an easy-to-read Q&A format that explains confusing medical lingo and guides readers through the world...

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lupus, it’s sometimes easy to think—or to wish—that the illness is gone altogether. Unfortunately it’s not; it’s just sleeping. What types of medications might be prescribed? In the following chapters we’ll go into the major classes of medications that are commonly prescribed in bipolar disorder. These include: • Mood stabilizers: Lithium, and lamotrigine (Lamictal), and other medications that are frequently used “off label” for the treatment of serious mood episodes, as well as for

the tip of the iceberg. Most professional journals are indirectly funded by the pharmaceutical companies—often in the form of multipage advertisements. When you read the articles in those journals, it’s clear that the bulk of new research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. The influence doesn’t stop there, and recent court cases have brought to light disturbing practices wherein results of entire studies have been suppressed because they did not support a particular medication’s

people who kill themselves (over 90 percent) have told someone that they were thinking about it. The following internal monologue illustrates many symptoms of depression. Doug It’s so hard to find words. Everything inside of me feels dead. I don’t want to write this, or think. I’d like to go away and be done with everything. I’m so sorry. I’ve screwed up everything. I don’t want to do this to Peg or the kids, I can’t shake this, and I know that they’ll be better off in the long run. I’m

but is especially severe for individuals using smoked (crack) and injected cocaine. • Cannabis (marijuana, hashish)—feeling down and craving are the major symptoms. • Nicotine—sadness, anxiety, irritability, and craving. When should I seek an inpatient detoxification program? Inpatient detoxification admissions are typically brief—on the order of a few days—and may or may not be followed by a longer inpatient period of rehabilitation. Medically supervised inpatient detoxification would be

clinic, but can have a prescription with regular follow up appointments. One major limitation to this treatment is that individuals on higher doses of opiates (greater than 40–60mg/day of methadone or its equivalent) will experience withdrawal symptoms, and may not be suitable. An excellent source of information on Suboxone is available through the government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) web page: www.buprenor-phine. SAMSHA.gov or by calling 1-866-287-2728.

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