Bipolar Breakthrough: The Essential Guide to Going Beyond Moodswings to Harness Your Highs, Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression, and Thrive with Bipolar II

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Rodale, Sep 15, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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More than 30 years ago, Ronald R. Fieve, MD, gained national recognition for his pioneering treatment of what was then known as “manic-depression.” Since then, he has focused on patients with mild bipolarity, also known as Bipolar II. With the right treatment, these patients can turn their illness into an asset. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Fieve presents a highly successful program that allows Bipolar II patients to harness the creativity and energy of their hypomanic “highs” while minimizing the potentially devastating “lows” of depression. Now with a new foreword explaining the most up-to-date research on the bipolar spectrum, Bipolar Breakthrough includes: -six stay-well strategies for anyone suffering from Bipolar II -the latest information on cutting-edge medications with fewer side effects -a special section on the complications of a bipolar diagnosis for pregnant women, children, and the elderly With results supported by thousands of patient histories, Dr. Fieve’s Bipolar Breakthrough is a landmark work that will help the millions of Bipolar II sufferers live better lives.
  

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Contents

The Decade of Bipolar II
The Bipolar Spectrum at a Glance
31
Moodswing and Family Genetics
65
Sleep and Biological Rythms
86
Sex Drug and Other Misbehaviors
109
The Hypomanic Advantage of Bipolar II Beneficial
130
Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar II
155
The Bipolar II Consultation
157
Modulating Moods
181
Special Situations That Complicate a Bipolar Diagnosis
206
StayWell Strategies
232
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
251
RESOURCES
253
ENDNOTES
257
INDEX
263
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RONALD R. FIEVE, MD, is a pioneer in the use of lithium for bipolar illness in America. An internationally renowned psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, he is professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and executive director of the Foundation for Mood Disorders. Author of the best-selling Moodswing, Dr. Fieve is also president of Fieve Clinical Services, which offers no-cost evaluation and treatment for patients willing to participate in clinical drug trials. He lives and practices in New York City.

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