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Share This Email a link to this page to: Type the code into the box:. For example, the authors cite the plethora of pharmaceutical company advertisements in medical journals that imply that mood stabilizer medications "are useful for individuals with minor mood changes. Or, as Patty Duke observed in her book A Brilliant Madness , which the authors quote, "Many people are compulsively driven, can get along on just a few hours' sleep, and can function at a very high energy level, but are not mood-disordered and do not come from a family that is. The phenomenon of clever marketing by the pharmaceutical industry is one of the notable points the authors make; it must be recognized when trying to make sense of mood disorders.
This is not to negate the profound positive effect on emotional health of pharmaceuticals, but it is a side of the industry that must be recognized. Much of Surviving Manic Depression is hard science made understandable and discussed objectively, backed up by scientific footnotes.
SURVIVING MANIC DEPRESSION : A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers
For example, in their discussion of lithium and kidney damage, Torrey and Knable meticulously document scientific conclusions with elucidation from medical journals. They cite an article from Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica comparing kidney function among patients with affective disorders who were taking or not taking lithium. Its authors concluded that the risk of kidney damage is "probably not greater than the naturally occurring rate of kidney failure due to other diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
The book is not without wry humor. The word "bipolar," the authors note, "connotes a geographic entity and poles"; it also "refers to the two ends of a battery, suggesting electrical overtones.
For example, the authors note, knowing why there is an incidence of manic-depression in the so-called culturally inbred societies such as the Amish "would bring us much closer to understanding the disease. The book bills itself as "A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers," and much of the text is practical, "tool-belt" information. For example, the authors report that, in one small study, 60 percent of patients who received St. John's wort responded well, compared with 24 percent of those who received placebo.
But the authors caution, a "recent huge study … showed no benefit in cases of major depression. John's wort in manic-depressive illness. It is a good read, and I highly recommend it. Editor's Note: The target readership of Surviving Manic Depression includes people with bipolar disorder, their families, and their mental health care providers.
We asked a clinician and a consumer, both of whom have good knowledge of the disorder, to review the book. Hartmann, a longtime sufferer of bipolar disorder, is an attorney and a freelance writer living in western Massachusetts. Fuller Torrey, M. Knable, D.
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