The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers
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For Dr. Wes Burgess, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder means hope-hope for the estimated ten million people who will develop the disorder during their lifetimes, and hope for the families and friends of people who suffer from it. Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, The Bipolar Handbook comprehensively tackles every area of the disorder, from its causes to medical treatment and psychotherapy, to strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle, to the prevention of, coping with, and treatment of bipolar episodes. From the more than five hundred questions and answers, you'll learn: - what to expect when pursuing a diagnosis - how to choose the right doctor or specialist - how to get the disorder under control - what treatments and medication protocols are best for you - how to reduce stress to prevent manic and depressive episodes - what family members and friends can do to support you, and more Dr. Burgess also addresses unique lifestyle concerns facing bipolar individuals. Special chapters on practical strategies for career success, building healthy relationships, issues that specifically affect bipolar women, and coping techniques for families and friends further explore the impact of the disorder on daily life. The Bipolar Handbook's easy-to-access format and full chapter of resources, as well as diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute for Mental Health, make this a versatile guide-perfect for quick reference and in-depth discovery.
sleep or only a few hours of sleep a night. Nevertheless, nobody can stay healthy if they do not get an adequate night’s sleep. Insufficient rest produces an excess strain on the body, interferes with performance, impairs memory, lowers the seizure threshold, and probably shortens your life span. The solution is to strengthen your bipolar treatment so that the mania subsides, and your sleep will become more normal. Six months ago, I couldn’t wake up. Now I can’t get to sleep. What’s the deal?
asleep? I suggest that you go to bed, turn off the lights, close your eyes, and let your mind be clear of thoughts for thirty minutes. Use the meditation and relaxation exercises we discussed earlier in this chapter. If your head is still too full of thoughts, I suggest that you meet with your doctor and see if you need to strengthen your bipolar medicines. If you’re such an expert, what do you do to get to sleep? I get in bed, close my eyes, and imagine that I have just inherited an apartment
bipolar disorder must be carefully managed by a physician. Given the variations in the amount of lithium salt present in these unregulated products, I advise my patients not to use them. Do you prescribe a lot of lithium salt? Why or why not? Lithium salt is a very effective treatment for bipolar disorder. In addition, I sometimes add lithium salt to existing medications to make them work better. However, in the town where I practice medicine, there are many people in the entertainment business
Twenty years ago, antipsychotics were only recommended to treat hallucinations and delusions. However, my mentors told me, “Antipsychotics are great drugs for all phases of bipolar disorder but you will not find this in the books.” Now, with the availability of atypicals, everyone is again discovering that these medications are useful in bipolar disorder. Most atypicals are licensed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as treatments for bipolar disorder. Atypicals affect many neurochemical
trying to go to sleep, the thoughts come back full force and keep you awake. Are attention problems and distractibility prominent symptoms of mania? Unless adequately treated, every person with bipolar disorder has some attention problems, usually arising from distractibility. To the trained eye, distractibility shows itself as lapses in conversation, getting off track, and being interrupted by external or internal stimuli. Distractibility can be measured by a neuropsych examination using tests