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Bipolar Disorder for Dummies (For Dummies)
Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends and coworkers. And, according to the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 15% of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be suffering from early ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by For Dummies
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When I was newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007, I was searching for all the information I could on my illness. After I was released from the hospital. I asked my older brother to take me to the bookstore. While there I picked up a lot of books and this was one of them. The format is simple and easy to understand. It let me know more about my illness. The book is broken down into sections, which I really liked. This book gave me a lot of relief when I was just a confused teenager with a ...more
This book was very informative. It gave all kinds of great information for people who have Bipolar Disorder, people who know someone with Bipolar Disorder (namely family and friends) or a child/teen that has Bipolar disorder. It talks about what to talk to your doctor about concerning medications to treat the disorder, what the side effects of the medications are and anything else you need to go over with the doctor. It talks about how to get help for your child or teen that could have Bipolar D ...more
This books lays out the basics of bipolar disorder in a very readable way. The cartoons are fun (but not really funny). The personal stories are very interesting and heartening. My only criticism would be that, in spite of the odd paragraph or section specifically about UK, Canada or Europe, it's very much aimed at people using the American mental healthcare services and living under American laws. Well worth reading, though, if you or a loved one suffer from bipolar disorder.
Especially for someone just beginning to go through this, this book, like most of the Dummies books, was a good, if somewhat plodding in a couple of places, introduction. It tends to say the same things, or at least very similar things, in various places because a lot of the things you should look for and do remain the same in various situation. However, there is a lot of value in breaking things down in small parts and going through things methodically. This book does that.
Not helpful in the least. It just barely touches on the subject, doesn't offer any real resources on how to get any help for those who suffer from the disorder. It's almost like the old World Book Encyclopedia that would offer you a paragraph of a general statement on the subject you were looking up.
This book was great at educating both the person with bipolar disorder and their loved ones. It is full of information on the whos,whats,and hows of bipolar disorder and ultimately breaks it down in a way that anyone could understand and enjoy.
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