Manic-depression or bipolar disorder (BD) is a multi-faceted illness with an inevitably complex treatment. This article summarizes the current status of our knowledge and practice of its treatment. It is widely accepted that lithium is moderately useful during all phases of bipolar illness and it might possess a specific effectiveness on suicidal prevention. Both first and second generation antipsychotics are widely used and the FDA has approved olanzapine, risperidone, quetiapine, ziprasidone and aripiprazole for the treatment of acute mania. These could also be useful in the treatment of bipolar depression, but only limited data exists so far to support the use of quetiapine monotherapy or the olanzapine-fluoxetine combination. Some, but not all, anticonvulsants possess a broad spectrum of effectiveness, including mixed dysphoric and rapid-cycling forms. Lamotrigine may be effective in the treatment of depression but not mania. Antidepressant use is controversial. Guidelines suggest their cautious use in combination with an antimanic agent, because they are supposed to induce switching to mania or hypomania, mixed episodes and rapid cycling. The first-line psychosocial intervention in BD is psychoeducation, followed by cognitive-behavioral therapy. Other treatment options include Electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation. There is a gap between the evidence base, which comes mostly from monotherapy trials, and clinical practice, where complex treatment regimens are the rule. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to support an elderly disabled person.
The last book covering a part of this subject has come four years ago (Vymazal, J., and Kropfelova, L., 2008. Wastewater Treatment in Constructed Wetlands; Springer, New Yark) and the one prior to that six years ago (Crites R. W., Middlebrooks, E. O., and Reed, S. C., 2006, Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems; CRC Press, Boca Raton). Both are excellent treatises but neither covers systems based on 'nutrient film technique' even as it is in this segment that most spectacular advances are currently occurring. Moreover, the state-of-the-art in all systems has advanced significantly since these books came out. The proposed book would, therefore, be much more comprehensive as well as up-to-date.
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This book is the third volume in the Pre-Addiction Educational Series: Starting Conversations ASAP with Amanda, this volume gives caregivers, parents and mental health professionals the tools for families that are separated through the recovery process from each other. As with the other books of the series it's designed to be interactive with caregiver reading to the child. Research demonstrates that when these interactions between caregiver and child happens the child has better cognitive development and is less likely to find themselves in recovery themselves as they move into adulthood. Amanda and Her Mother Enter Into a Lifetime of Treatment is a walk through the recovery process. This story helps the child in care to explore some of the many feelings they are feeling while the parent is a way in residential or day treatment and eventually as the person in recovery moves into recovery meetings. Amanda the main character assists your child to understand that addiction is a lifetime disease. Your child will be able to cope better with separation anxiety with the help of this book.
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