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Surviving Manic Depression : A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers - E. Fuller Torrey

Surviving Manic Depression

A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780465086641
Number Of Pages: 432

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Surviving Manic Depression is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book on the disorder that affects more than two million people in the United States alone. Based on the latest research, it provides detailed coverage of every aspect of the disorder. All aspects of the disease are addressed: symptoms, with many direct descriptions from patients themselves, risk factors, onset and cause, medications (including drugs still in the testing stage), causes, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation and how the disease affects children and adolescents. Here too are discussions of special problems related to manic-depressive disorder, including alcohol and drug abuse, violent behavior, medication noncompliance, suicide, sex, AIDS, and confidentiality. Surviving Manic Depression also includes special features such as a listing of selected websites, videotapes, and other resources.

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"This book will be a godsend to those affected directly or indirectly by this disease." Psychology Today "A lucid, thorough...valuable resource for anyone touched by the illness." Publishers Weekly"

Preface: Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder?p. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Dimensions of Manic-Depressive Illnessp. 1
How Many People in the United States Have Manic-Depressive Illness?p. 2
How Many People Are Being Treated?p. 4
Do Some Groups Have More Than Others? The Hutterites and the Amishp. 5
What Is the Prevalence of Manic-Depressive Illness in Other Countries?p. 8
Has Manic-Depressive Illness Always Existed?p. 9
Is Manic-Depressive Illness Increasing?p. 13
What Is the Cost of Manic-Depressive Illness?p. 15
The Inner World: Mania and Depression From the Insidep. 19
Maniap. 21
Depressionp. 31
Mixed Statesp. 38
Awareness of Illnessp. 41
The Outer Worlds: Manic-Depressive Illness Definedp. 45
Official Definitionsp. 45
Are Unipolar Depression and Manic-Depressive Illness One Disease or Two?p. 52
Where Does Manic-Depressive Illness End and Normal Mood Swings Begin?p. 56
What Is the Relationship of Manic-Depressive Illness to Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia?p. 57
Conditions Sometimes Confused with Manic-Depressive Illnessp. 63
Mania Caused by Street Drugsp. 63
Mania Caused by Prescription, Over-the-Counter, and Herbal medicationsp. 67
Mania Caused by Infectionsp. 70
Mania Caused by Head Injuriesp. 72
Mania Associated with Other Brain Disordersp. 74
Mania Associated with Other Illnessesp. 75
What Does Secondary Mania Tell Us About Brain Localization?p. 76
Manic-Like Behavior in Culture-Bound Syndromesp. 77
What Is an Adequate Diagnostic Workup?p. 78
Risk Factors for Developing Manic-Depressive Illnessp. 83
Winter Birthp. 84
Summer Onsetp. 86
Urban Birthp. 87
Pregnancy and Birth Complicationsp. 88
Prenatal Faminep. 89
Prenatal Exposure to Influenzap. 89
Severe Stressors in Childhoodp. 90
Social Classp. 92
Onset, Course, and Outcomep. 95
Factors Affecting Coursep. 96
Rapid Cycling and Seasonal Affective Disorderp. 98
Outcomes and Their Predictorsp. 100
Stress as a Risk Factor for Relapsep. 103
Causes of Deathp. 104
Causesp. 107
Studies of Brain Structurep. 108
Studies of Brain Functionp. 113
Genetic Studiesp. 116
Neurochemical Studiesp. 121
Studies of Infections and Immunological Factorsp. 126
Disturbances in Body Rhythmsp. 129
Endocrine Dysfunctionp. 130
Kindling and Stressp. 133
Medications: Mood Stabilizersp. 137
Lithiump. 137
Valproate (Depakote, Depakene)p. 149
Carbamazepine (Tegretol)p. 151
Lamotrigine (Lamictal)p. 154
Topiramate (Topamax)p. 157
Gabapentin (Neurontin)p. 158
Calcium Channel Blockersp. 159
Essential Fatty Acidsp. 161
Medications: Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Benzodiazapinesp. 163
Antidepressantsp. 163
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)p. 164
Burproprion and Other New Antidepressantsp. 167
Tricyclic Antidepressantsp. 169
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)p. 170
Stimulantsp. 173
Thyroid Supplementationp. 175
St. John's Wort and Other Herbal Remediesp. 175
Switch Ratep. 176
Antipsychoticsp. 177
First-Generation, or Typical, Antipsychoticsp. 177
Second-Generation, or Atypical, Antipsychoticsp. 180
Benzodiazepinesp. 185
Medications: Treatment Strategiesp. 189
Treatments for the Different Phases of Manic-Depressive Illnessp. 189
Acute Maniap. 190
Depressionp. 191
Rapid Cyclingp. 191
Maintenance Treatmentp. 192
Frequently Asked Questions About Medicationsp. 192
Do I Really Need to Take All of These Medications?p. 192
Do I Need to Take These Medications for the Rest of My Life?p. 193
What If I Am Pregnant or Breast-Feeding?p. 194
Should Treatment Be Different for the Very Old and the Very Young?p. 200
Nonmedication Aspects of Treatmentp. 203
Finding a Good Doctorp. 203
Building a Support Networkp. 206
Psychotherapyp. 207
Reducing Stressp. 212
Mood Chartsp. 213
Electroconvulsive Therapyp. 214
Insurance Issuesp. 215
SSI and SSDIp. 217
Manic-Depressive Illness in Children and Adolescentsp. 221
Clinical Aspectsp. 222
Diagnostic Aspectsp. 225
Treatment Aspectsp. 228
Ten Special Problemsp. 233
Concurrent Alcohol and Drug Abusep. 233
Assaultive and Violent Behaviorp. 237
Medication Noncompliancep. 240
Assisted Treatmentp. 244
Homelessnessp. 248
Arrests and Jailingsp. 251
Suicidep. 253
Sex and AIDSp. 258
Confidentialityp. 259
The Seduction of Maniap. 263
Manic-Depressive Illness and Creativityp. 267
Biographical Studies of Mental Illness in Creative Peoplep. 269
Studies of Psychiatric Illness in Living Artistsp. 272
Mental Illness and Creativity in Relativesp. 274
Direct Measurements of Creativity in People with Mental Illnessp. 275
The Effects of Psychotropic Medications on Creativityp. 276
Commonly Asked Questionsp. 279
Should I Tell People?p. 279
What Are the Chances That Other Family Members Will Get Manic-Depressive Illness?p. 281
How Does It Affect Family Members?p. 283
How Does It Affect Siblings?p. 286
How Does It Affect Spouses?p. 287
How Does It Affect Children?p. 288
Issues for Advocatesp. 293
Advocacy Organizationsp. 294
Scientologists, Antipsychiatrists, and "Consumer Survivors"p. 295
Research Funding and the National Institute of Mental Healthp. 297
Stigma and Public Educationp. 299
Exemplary Individual Advocatesp. 301
Review of Booksp. 307
Selected Websitesp. 329
Review of Videotapesp. 333
Useful Resourcesp. 337
Notesp. 341
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9780465086641
ISBN-10: 0465086640
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st March 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1