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Depression confuses the mind, strips away hope, and causes people to blame themselves for an illness they never asked for. This book presents a revolutionary new understanding of the concept of depression and offers skills and strategies to manage it.

No longer is this a one-size-fits-all diagnosis, and antidepressants are no longer the one-size-fits-all treatment. Mood disorders are now seen to form a spectrum of problems, from common depression on one end to full bipolar disorder on the other. In between these extremes are multitudes of people who are on the middle of the mood spectrum, and this book is for them.

The first part of the book helps answer the question, "Where am I on the mood spectrum?" By laying the foundation for understanding this spectrum, Aiken and Phelps highlight the key distinctions that define unipolarity, bipolarity, hypomania, mania, and depression.

The authors also empower listeners to look beyond antidepressants. They walk listeners through new medications for the mood spectrum, and offer a guide to non-medication treatments that anyone can use on their own, from diet and lifestyle changes to natural supplements.

©2017 Chris Aiken, MD, and James Phelps, MD (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Rachel A. Eager
  • 02-01-2022

A must read for psychiatric providers and patients with BIpolar

I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner practicing in Arizona. I binged this book in a day and just ordered the print version. I’m a huge fan of the Carlat report and listen to the podcast religiously. I found this book extremely enlightening. In clinical practice I definitely see a huge range of “bipolar disorder.” I enjoyed the section on medications and thought the information on lithium was especially helpful. It made me start wondering if we could prescribe lithium for circadian rhythm disorders since it resets circadian rhythms. I recently put a pediatric patient who has ASD and bipolar on lithium and Latuda when nothing else was working. All his self-harm and constant suicidal ideation are gone and he was able to flip his entire sleep schedule (he was up all night/slept during the day). He is stable for the first time in a year. I wonder if bipolar will ever become “bipolar spectrum disorder,” instead of only one or two. Thank you for writing this book! I will definitely be recommending this book to my patients and my colleagues.

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