Bipolar depression is now known to exist as a spectrum of disorders rather than a single disease entity. Bipolar II Disorder exists on this spectrum as a condition where the depressive episodes are as severe as in Bipolar I Disorder, but where the mood elevation states are not as extreme. This unexpected combination can lead to a failure to detect a condition thought to affect up to 6% of the population. This book reviews, for the first time, our knowledge of this debilitating disorder, covering its history, classification and neurobiology. In a unique section, fourteen internationally recognised experts debate management strategies, building to some consensus, and resulting in treatment guidelines where no such advice currently exists. It should be read by all health professionals managing mood disorders and will be informative to those wishing to learn more about the condition.
• The first book on this under-diagnosed but severe and prevalent form of depression • Provides management guidelines where no such advice currently exists • Written as a unique collaboration of international experts building towards a consensus understanding
Preface Gordon Parker; Introduction Gordon Parker; 1. Bipolar disorder in historical perspective Edward Shorter; 2. The bipolar spectrum James Phelps; 3. Defining and measuring Bipolar II Disorder Gordon Parker; 4. Bipolar II Disorder in context: epidemiology, disability and economic burden George Hadjipavlou and Lakshmi N. Yatham; 5. Is Bipolar II Disorder increasing in prevalence? Gordon Parker and Kathryn Fletcher; 6. The neurobiology of Bipolar II Disorder Gin S. Malhi; 7. The role of antidepressants in managing Bipolar II Disorder Joseph F. Goldberg; 8. SSRIs as mood stabilizers for Bipolar II Disorder? Gordon Parker; 9. Mood stabilizers in the treatment of Bipolar II Disorder George Hadjipavlou and Lakshmi N. Yatham; 10. The use of atypical antipsychotic drugs in Bipolar II Disorder David Fresno and Eduard Vieta; 11. The role of fish oil in managing Bipolar II Disorder Anne-Marie Rees; 12. The role of psychological interventions in managing Bipolar II Disorder Vijaya Manicavasagar; 13. The role of wellbeing plans in managing Bipolar II Disorder Margo Orum; 14. Survival strategies for managing and prospering with Bipolar II Disorder Meg Smith; 15. A clinical model for managing Bipolar II Disorder Gordon Parker; 16. Management commentary Terence A. Ketter; 17. Management commentary Franco Benazzi; 18. Management commentary Michael Berk; 19. Management commentary Eduard Vieta; 20. Management commentary Philip B. Mitchell; 21. Management commentary Joseph F. Goldberg; 22. Management commentary Robert M. Post; 23. Management commentary Allan H. Young; 24. Management commentary Guy M. Goodwin; 25. Management commentary Sophia Frangou; 26. Management commentary S. Nassir Ghaemi; 27. Management commentary Michael Thase; 28. Rounding up and tying down Gordon Parker; Appendix 1. Self-test for Bipolar Disorder.
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