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Bipolar Disorder for Dummies

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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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Julie Gastler pretty sure they are US based but also some UK based at least in the section about finding support groups.

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Jennifer Gaarder
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies By Candida Fink and Joe Kraynak
For Dummies, Oct 15, 2015
408 Pages, Kindle Edition

First, I want to preface this by saying this book and any other information or self-help book should not replace that of a trained professional. Bipolar Disorder is a severe mental illness that needs constant care and observation from professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists. In no way is this book to be used to diagnose, treat or cure the disorder.

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Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dawn Wells
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent, for a beginner answers a ton of questions.
Brett Starr
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best bipolar book I've read, easy to read and comprehensive.

I have read many books on bipolar disorder. This book was not only easy to read, comparatively, but it was very thorough and comprehensive. Education of this disorder cannot be emphasised enough. This is the best bipolar book I've read.
Robert Fawcett
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies. Authored by Candida Fink MD and Joe Kraynak MA this 3rd Edition was published in 2016 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. The book measures 10 inches by 7 1/2 inches and sports the typical “Dummies” cover with yellow and black colors and is 388 pages long. It has a very conversational style that may appeal to some readers, but such a style adds to its considerable length. Bipolar for Dummies has numerous headings in the text and icons in the margins in the typical "Dummies ...more
Kristina Forsha
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Daniel Stern
A friend of mine is bipolar and I wanted to understand more about it. What to do and, more importantly, what not no do. Explanation to this provides a wonderful insight into this complicated illness and how it can be controlled with the correct care and medication.
Recommended if you're not into reading and understanding medical jargon and books.
Gehan Osama A.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Awesome guide to understanding bipolar disorder.
Mary Mackie
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good information! Easy to understand, quite thorough
A great resource to have in a personal library if you or a loved one suffers from this common mental health issue. Lots of great information that explains issues that occur often in detail.
James Strawn
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book, easy to read with solid info. I was hoping for something a little more uplifting but that's not this books fault. I've got the basics now and know where to head next. ...more
Jacqueline  M Lee
Great guide and information for those suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Also a good read for the family or caretakers of those with Bipolar Disorder.
Kimberly Vogt
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good go to for helping grasp at understanding of bipolar individuals and what that entails
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I live with bipolar disorder and I learned a lot of very helpful information from this book.
Rue Baldry
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. ...more
Doc Kinne
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Renee S
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Heather Key
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book for those who have Bi-polar and want a clear understand of how it works,medications, and the types of behavior associated with it. Just an easy resource book, very easy to understand.
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology-read
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.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
i didn't learn too much here, at least not much that i didn't already know about Bipolar Disorder ... nice though to have it all at one's finger tips ... and of course anything from the "for Dummies" line is lovely. ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I am having a hard time getting through this. Also some of the stuff suggested is as if the entire audience has the means to do some of these things. Not all of us have that kind of money or things that fall into place that easy.
Tommy Harmon
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Eh, decent. A bit repetitive though.
May 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Covering the basics
Stephanie Moore
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok

I thought that a book that was for dummies would actually be easy to read, but this book confused me more than it helped.
Oct 27, 2008 is currently reading it
I've learned that one of my children may be bipolar and I need to get him into the doctor for some testing. ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Didnt think much of this book. If you have bipolar you prob already know everything in this book because it is so basic. I would recommend, Bipolar disorder the ultimate guide.
Kara Merry
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with bipolar disorder and their families and friends
Recommended to Kara by: I pursued it myself
I think this is helpful for those with bipolar disorder
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
very good, however time for an updated, revised ed.
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“Can you sleep-deprive your way out of a depressed episode? Some researchers think that it may be possible. Using a technique called TSD (total sleep deprivation), researchers subjected depressed bipolar patients to three cycles of sleep deprivation, each consisting of a 36-hour period of sleeplessness followed by a 12-hour sleep-in. After the sessions, over half the participants reported feeling less depressed. The trouble is, TSD runs about a 10 percent risk of kicking a bipolar sufferer into hypomania or mania — about the same rate as SSRI antidepressants. In addition, the positive effects of TSD generally wear off as soon as you return to your normal sleep/wake cycle. Researchers continue to study the potential benefits of TSD when used in combination with other therapies, but the only solid conclusion that researchers have reached is that TSD is definitely not something you should try on your own.” 1 likes
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