Bipolar is more than mood swings and chemical imbalances. It is a genetic brain dysregulation malfunction causing not only mood but behavioural symptoms. Severity and symptoms vary along a spectrum of disease presentations, from a happy, positive personality, to a moody temperament, to chronic and recurrent depressions, to classic manic-depressive illness. It is a chronic disease with periods of illness as well as remission. Keeping the disease under control requires daily maintenance and vigilance for emerging symptoms. The goal of this book is to help the bipolar reader successfully manage his or her illness and live a full and meaningful life. First, the reader will learn all about bipolar: how it presents, how it is diagnosed, how it is passed down in families, and how it affects women as compared to men. Next, the various types of treatment and the logistics of daily maintenance are discussed in detail. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of bipolar are explored and the lives of interesting and outstanding historical and current bipolar individuals are examined.
Karen R. Brock is a physician with many years experience in medical education. Because of her extended family's bipolar, she has been active in mental health advocacy at the local and state level since 2000. She has spent her entire medical career in rural, underserved regions of the Appalachians and now resides in Jefferson, North Carolina.