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Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

The book combines McManamy’s expertise with the personal experiences of others to provide extensive information on mood disorders and their symptoms, treatments and coping skills, and the effects the illnesses have on relationships.

The author embraces the discoveries of researchers and physicians who have for some time identified bipolar disorder as a spectrum disorder. In other words, the symptoms of the illness range along a continuum, rather than the definitive «high» and «lows» that have long characterized a bipolar diagnosis.

McManamy emphasizes the critical importance of being a well-informed consumer of the mental health machine. «The more we know,» he says, «the better we will understand our illness and the smarter the choices we will make in its management, in partnership with our treating professionals. Patients who are motivated to build partnerships with their doctors have a better chance of achieving a successful outcome.»

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