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An explanation of Bipolar Disorder that professionals will find valuable and laymen will understand.
Understanding the various types of depressive and other mood disorders can be difficult. A practicing psychiatrist explains how to diagnose and treat unstable mood disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder. Eleven case examples illustrate the symptoms and treatments. Chapters on children, adolescents and pregnancy are also included. This is a useful handbook for patients, families, mental health workers, non-psychiatric physicians and physician extenders.
Not all mood disorders are the same: some are stable, others
are not. These are different medical problems and require different
treatments. The unstable mood disorders are complex and many steps
must be taken to achieve a good result: proper diagnosis, treatment of
all other interfering medical problems, avoidance of anything that
makes the problem worse and finding and staying on the best medication
to make the mood stable.