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Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, New Edition

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, 2nd Edition Book CoverWe recently updated our book, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, to create a second edition and took the opportunity to make some significant changes. The first few chapters will be familiar to anyone who has read the first edition, although we revised those chapters, as well, to bring them up to date.

In developing the new edition, we tried to focus chapters on specific issues that people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones often have to deal with, such as a reluctance to take medications, and specific skill sets that anyone who is living with bipolar disorder can benefit from, such as communication and problem-solving.

Looking for a Sponsor

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I’ve been in touch with a translator who wants to translate Bipolar Disorder For Dummies for printing and distribution in Iran. Wiley’s partner in Iran won’t do the book unless it has a sponsor to cover the printing costs, which as I understand it are about $1,400 to $1,500.

We’re checking with AstraZeneca, but haven’t had much luck yet. Does anyone have any ideas? We’re thinking of doing a fundraiser via our blog and Facebook page, but I’d rather have one entity put up the total amount of money and deal directly with Wiley’s partner, Ketab-e Avand Danesh.

Wishful Drinking

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

scotchLast night my wife and I watched Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking – the HBO film version of her solo Broadway performance based on her book of the same title. In Wishful Drinking, Fisher recounts the emotional ups and downs of her childhood and career and her struggles with depression and mania, all in a very humorous way.

One thing that struck me, and I’ve noticed this in other situations, is that families are often pretty screwed up and sometimes it’s the most “normal” person in the family, the one who seems to really have it all together, takes the hit and ends up with the bipolar label. Then the family treats that person as the crazy one – the problem. I can’t claim that this is usually how it plays out, but I’ve observed it in a couple cases.

Book Review: Balancing the Beast

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Balancing the Beast Cover ImageAbout a year ago, a friend of a friend of mine from Slovenia, Helena Smole, sent me her book, Balancing the Beast: A Bright View of Schizoaffective Disorder – Bipolar or Manic-Depressive Type.

I tend to drag my feet when asked to do book reviews, and I was turned off by the use of the phrase “mental patient” on the cover (in a quote from someone other than Helen Smole, but it still made me hesitant to read the book).

Well, I finally recovered from my knee-jerk reaction and read the book. I’m glad I did.

Book Review: The Family ADHD Solution

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I know this is Bipolar Beat and not ADHD Beat, but a close colleague of mine just published a book that I think is one of the best for helping families deal with ADHD, and I wanted to post about it to spread the word.

Mark Bertin MD is the author of The Family ADHD Solution (Palgrave Macmillan) which blends the science of ADHD and brain development into remarkably powerful tools for families and children living with this disorder. ADHD is a common and enormously challenging neurological disorder of the brain that disrupts children’s’ and family’s lives every day. In the first part of the book, Dr. Bertin presents the most current scientific understanding of ADHD in an accessible, useful discussion – efficiently cutting through a lot of the misunderstandings and distortions that surround this diagnosis.

The Unwelcome Gift

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Without my battle with manic depression I would still be that fear-driven little boy, unable to truly give, or receive, love. Manic Depression was a gift….

Book Review: Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

… Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg… a captivating novel is his autobiographical account of surviving his third major manic episode.

Book Review: Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Bi-Polar Expedition Cover ImageI just finished reading Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton (Chipmunka Publishing, 2007), and I must admit it was a very gripping read for me. I found it astounding that the paranoid delusions and hallucinations that Mr. Walton experienced during his manic highs so closely resembled my own imaginings.

After reading other bipolar memoirs and descriptions of people’s manic experiences, I guess these are recurring themes. How odd though, I think, that people from such different walks of life, education and socio-economic backgrounds, even gender (male or female) should experience the same types of far-fetched fantasies in our hyped-up minds.

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Candida Fink, M.D. and Joe Kraynak are authors of
Bipolar Disorder for Dummies.

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