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Bipolar Disorder (3rd Edition)

A Guide for Patients and Families
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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Compassionate and comprehensive, Dr. Francis Mondimore's path-breaking guide has helped thousands of people and their loved ones cope with bipolar disorder. Now in its third edition, Bipolar Disorder has been thoroughly updated with new information about the causes of the disorder, tools for diagnosis, and advances in treatment. Dr. Mondimore surveys new medications for treating bipolar disorder, including asenapine, iloperidone, paliperidone, lurasidone, and oxcarbazepine, exploring the benefits and potential side effects of each. He also reviews the scientific studies that back up claims for recommended nutritional supplements, such as omega-3s and NAC - and tells you which ones to leave on the shelf.  

Dr. Mondimore discusses recent changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and reviews the exciting new findings of the largest multicenter evaluation of best-treatment practices for bipolar disorder ever carried out, the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). He describes how these findings, gleaned from the treatment experiences of thousands of patients, will improve treatment decisions.  

With insight and sensitivity, Dr. Mondimore makes complex medical concepts easy to understand and describes what it is like for people to live with bipolar disorder. He recommends changes to daily routines and lifestyle that will improve the quality of life for patients and offers expert advice on planning for emergencies and identifying when and how to seek help. Throughout the audiobook, Dr. Mondimore focuses on the importance of building a support system for everyone affected by this unpredictable illness.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2014 Francis Mark Mondimore (P)2018 Tantor

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Very helpful

I found this book is very informative and provides a lot of hope. A must for anyone suffering for bipolar disorder ofr knows someone who does.

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  • OkazakiFrag
  • 13-03-19

Great Book for All Involved

This book is a must read for anyone who has any type of Bipolar Disorder or anyone who has a friend or family with the disease. As both a patient with the condition and as a mental health professional myself, this book does a great job of covering almost all topics needed for a more than basic understanding. Several chapters are offered as ‘optional’ as some readers may not desire to read the more technical aspects of the disease and its history. However, when any clinical terms are needed, Dr. Mondimore does a great job of describing and defining the terms. The only major disagreement I have with this book is his very firm opinion that there should never “under any circumstances”, be a firearm in the house of someone who has Bipolar Disorder. While his intentions are great as preventing dangerous and potentially lethal acts from occurring, throwing out an idea this firm and rigid is one that should instead be taken case by case with an eye always on safety. I’ve treated countless patients who have attempted suicide or have suicidal ideations, and firearms are the exception, not the rule. Other than this point, his discussion and emphasis on medications, therapy and family involvement are second to none in books on this topic!

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  • lynnel
  • 31-08-19

Liberating info for those w/ bi-polar

I haven't even finished listening and am telling my friends and family that this is critical reading for anyone affected by mental illness, both the afflicted person and their loved ones. I plan to buy the hard copy so I can mark it up and put sticky notes on the pages for easy reference.There is such liberation just by having a clearer understanding of your disease - if there is such a possibility where bi-polar is concerned. Great strides are being made in the field of mental disorders and there is much reason to hope, however, my fear is that those of us who have the privilege of income, food, shelter and medical care will be the primary beneficiaries of more accurate diagnosis and treatment, while the underserved population, living on the streets, will not get the help they need - especially at the prices drug companies charge for medicine that could help people. I'm not labeling homeless people in general as mentally ill, however, MANY of them are; that's why they are homeless - they have a disease that prevents them from functioning normally in society. The more we understand, the more we can advocate for our fellow man. The knowledge in this book is a good place to start. Hollywood has the capability to educate the public when they are passionate about a cause and I'm sure there are many celebrities that suffer from or love someone one affected by mental illness. More understanding, less shame. The next time you hear someone say, "Oh, I dated them! They were so bi-polar," ask them to exchange the word for something like "diabetic". Dr. Mondimore explains succinctly how and why this is a disease, just like diabetes-your brain does not function properly-not your fault. Of course, people with diabetes don't get delusional, hyper-sexual or spiritual, and they don't go on spending sprees or think they are the new Messiah. When in the throes of a manic episode the "symptoms" of the disease often manifest themselves in bizarre behaviors, probably the prompt for the "they were so bi-polar" remark. EVERYONE can benefit from this book!
I had no expectations in regard to narration beyond wanting a good delivery, but Mr. Abrams goes way beyond a good delivery. He gives each segment of dialogue a "voice" which brings the narration to life. I will look for other books narrated by Mr. Abrams. Even though this book is very clinical in content, it is very well written and an interesting read/listen.

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  • Paula Flower
  • 30-12-18

Excellent resource

An excellent resource on bipolar disorder for families of loved ones diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-19

excellent book

this book is very well written and provides a thorough analysis of bipolar disorder research, symptoms and treatments. this is a must read for anyone with bipolar as well as their family and friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

Integral and complete guide.

Clearly explained with terms anyone could understand. I wish everyone wo suffers from this disorder has the opportunity to read it

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  • DeM fam
  • 31-10-19

Awesome info

Very knowledgeable author, super helpful and well-rounded info.
Narrator does a strange thing in which he lowers his voice to read what’s in parentheses. But no big deal.
Recommended!

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  • Anne
  • 20-08-19

Enlightening and so helpful.

De-stigmatized mental health conditions. Very useful and informed book on bipolar disorder with strategies and approaches for handling BP and other mental health challenges. I highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-19

life-changing

this book is phenomenal and the narrator is perfect. I'm about to listen again. this is my new bipolar Bible.