By Charles Atkins

Nearly 5.7 million american citizens have bipolar ailment, a mind sickness often referred to as manic-depressive disorder. The Bipolar sickness resolution ebook is an authoritative reference for individuals with Bipolar ailment and their household, supplying sound suggestion and rapid solutions to their such a lot urgent questions.Written through an skilled psychiatrist, The Bipolar sickness solution publication covers such subject matters as:-What are the indications and sorts of Bipolar Disorder?-Can different health problems reason Bipolar Disorder?-What cures, medicinal drugs and relapse-prevention thoughts might help with Bipolar Disorder?-How does Bipolar disease range in kids and adults?-What distinct concerns are there for ladies with Bipolar Disorder?-How can friends and family reply in a psychiatric emergency?The Bipolar sickness solution publication bargains up transparent, convinced tips in an easy-to-read Q&A structure that explains complicated clinical lingo and courses readers in the course of the global of Bipolar illness.

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Qxd 10/3/07 2:53 PM Page 29 Bipolar Basics 29 What can be done to decrease the risk of suicide? There’s a large literature devoted to this topic. So at the risk of being overly simplistic, let’s refer to the previous question and turn it around. That is, certain risks such as age, gender, genetic makeup, family history, and so forth cannot be changed. They are static. On the other hand, active psychosis, mania, depression, hopelessness, panic attacks, and alcohol and substance abuse are all things that can be targeted and treated with social interventions, therapies, medications, etc.

This topic of diagnostic accuracy is one that frequently comes up among the experts. Essentially the DSM-IV diagnoses are boxes into which we try to make all, or at least the majority, of a person’s symptoms fit. Sometimes this works, but more often than not we find that people don’t quite meet the criteria or have multiple other conditions. As we go through this book, we’ll look at various issues related to dual diagnoses, and to the strong relationship between alcohol and substance abuse and bipolar disorder.

It’s helpful to think in terms of mood symptoms having amplitude. In cyclothymia, neither the highs nor the lows ever make it to the level of a manic, mixed, or depressed episode. People with Cyclothymia cycle through their moods rapidly, and part of the diagnostic criteria is that they go for at least two years without a two-month symptom-free stretch. Many people who are first diagnosed with cyclothymia in their late teens and twenties will eventually progress to either bipolar I or bipolar II.

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