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Bipolar, Not So Much : Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression (Hardcover) (M.D. Chris Aiken &

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In this guide for general readers, two doctors use plain language and realistic case studies to explain the concept that mood disorders exist on a spectrum from mild to severe. The book is geared especially to readers who are suffer from hypomania, mania, depression, and mixed states in middle of the spectrum, rather than those at the extreme end of bipolar disorder. Of special interest is ample information on pros and cons of conventional prescription psychiatric medications. The book explains how and why prescriptions treatments can go wrong or stop working and offers separate chapters on different types of medications: mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and medications for breakthrough episodes. One chapter is devoted to minimizing side effects, and one chapter is devoted to knowing when to stop medications. The book also offers advice on diet, sleep, and exercise, supplements, alternative treatments such as magnets, and devices such as blue-light filters and dawn simulators. There are also tips on relationships, work, and school, plus a chapter written for friends and family. About 20 pages of appendices offer a medication glossary, online resources, support groups, and a list of further reading. Author Chris Aiken directs the Mood Treatment Center in North Carolina. Author James Phelps is a psychiatric care consultant who has a nonprofit web site called PsychEducation.org. Phelps is the author of A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Self Improvement
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: M.D. Chris Aiken & M.D. James Phelps
Language: English
Street Date: January 17, 2017
TCIN: 51820807
UPC: 9780393711745
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-6793
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