Report: #819881

Complaint Review: Bipolar for dummies

  • Submitted: Mon, January 09, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, January 18, 2012
  • Reported By: CHRISTOPHER — California United States of America
  • Bipolar for dummies

    United States of America

Bipolar for dummies bipolar disorder for dummies This book was written to sell dangerous psychiatric drugs and treatment. My mother read this book and thought I was bipolar ! Internet

*Consumer Comment: Here are a few concerns of mine that need to be addressed

*Author of original report: Stabilize ? its more like lobotamize

*Consumer Comment: comment

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I have read this  bipolar for dummies book that preys on people's need for empathy and their willingness to evade blame for their behavior by gently convincing them that they have a horrible biological disorder and that it is easily curable by 'mild' drugs that have 'no' harmful and/or 'no' permanent side effects.
Instead of telling them that the research does not show that there is a biological disorder, but only a limited success with treating the 'disorder' using biological means psychotropic drugs ! and that there either ARE long term side effects LIKE LOWERED LIFE EXPECTANCY !


They called it manic depression at first before drug companies and psychiatry renamed it bipolar.

This stupid book BIPOLAR FOR DUMMIES DOWNLOAD coupled with the eager willingness of many psychiatrists to prescribe psychotropic drugs makes for a very dangerous combination.

There is much deception in psychiatry, from seminars sponsored by large corporations which twist psychiatrists perceptions, to free samples given to psychiatrists which twist their prescription habits, to constant and repetitive advertising by pharmaceautical companies which engrains 'depression' and other illnesses in the minds of those who are subjected to THIS STUPID BOOK !!


The widespread practice of labeling children as "mentally ill" and drugging them with potent, mind-altering psychiatric drugs is affecting our future and our children's future. 

This STUPID BOOK knows better on how to care for our children than we do ?

Armed with the truth we can spare our children a drug-numbing childhood and a label that will follow them into a drug-consuming adulthood.

This book written by RETARDS didn't inform my mother that told people I may have bipolar this :

 1. Psychiatric disorders are not medical diseases.

 2. There are no lab tests, brain scans or "chemical imbalance tests" that can verify BIPOLAR !

 3. People do  get depressed and experience emotional or mental duress in life

 4. PSYCHIATRY repackaged these emotions and behaviors as BIPOLAR in order to sell DRUGS.  

When people tell me "I have chemical imbalance",

I say, "Show me your lab tests"  !!!!

There are no lab tests .
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#1 Consumer Comment

Here are a few concerns of mine that need to be addressed

AUTHOR: anonymous - (USA)

Bipolar disorder may not be the most talked about medical condition,
but it's certainly more widespread than one would like to believe. In
fact, some people suffering from the condition aren't aware of the
same and continue leading their life carrying all the baggage
associated with the disorder. If there are fluctuations in your mood,
don't ignore the sign as it could be more than just a mood swing. It
could probably be a bipolar disorder.
So, what's bipolar disorder? Is it life-threatening? Can it be
reversed? Read on to learn everything you should probably know about
the condition.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Also called manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain
disease causing unusual fluctuations in energy, mood, activity levels,
and general functioning abilities. If you are suffering from this
disease, you'd quite likely undergo these phases, such as:

• Feeling high (hypomanic or manic episodes)
• Feeling low (depressive episodes)
• Psychotic behavioral tendencies during depressed or manic episodes

These different feelings are called mood states.

Distinguishing Between Regular Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder
There are three primary elements differentiating bipolar disorder from
regular mood swings:

• Intensity: Bipolar disorder-accompanied mood swings are much severe
compared to normal mood swings.

• Duration: A bad mental state disappears in days, but depression or
mania could last several weeks or months. Rapid cycling ensures moods
survive a short period but quickly oscillate between various extremes.
• Interference levels: The mood extremes accompanying bipolar disorder
could significantly disrupt routine life. For instance, depression
could render an individual unable to hop out of bed for work, or stay
restless for days together.


Bipolar disorder is often marked by major mood swings. These could
range from mania (extreme highs) to depression (extreme lows). These
episodes of depression and mania could last for many weeks or months.


The depression phase symptoms include:
• Feeling hopeless, sad or irritable almost every time
• Difficulty remembering and concentrating on things
• Lacking energy
• Zero interest in everyday activities
• Feelings of worthlessness or emptiness
• Feelings of despair and guilt
• A pessimistic attitude towards everything
• Self-suspicion
• Having hallucinations and illogical or disturbed thinking
• Appetite loss
• Sleeping difficulties
• Suicidal thoughts
• Frequently getting up in the wee hours of the morning


Bipolar disorder's manic phase could be characterized by:
• Feeling elated, overjoyed or very happy
• Talking rapidly
• Feeling energy-filled
• Recognizing self-importance
• Feeling replete with fresh plans and developing important plans
• Getting easily distracted
• Getting easily agitated or irritated
• Unable to eat
• Lack of sleep
• Indulging in activities that may lead to dangerous consequences -
for instance, spending excessively on expensive and at times
unaffordable goods
• Uttering words or doing things out of character, which others may
perceive as harmful or risky
Mania and Depression Patterns:
If you're suffering from bipolar disorder, you could have more periods
of depression than mania, or vice-versa. Between the mania and
depression episodes, you could at times have moments of "normal" mood

This pattern isn't standard and varies across individuals:
• Rapid cycling - developing several mood swing periods in a year,
with partial or full symptom remission in between hypomanic, manic or
major depressive periods.

• Mixed state - wherein an individual with the disorder undergoes
mania and depression symptoms at the same time; for instance, overactivity
with a saddened mood.
If the mood swings are long enough but not too severe to be classified
as bipolar disorder, a cyclothymia diagnosis is possible.

Other Symptoms:

• Anxious distress: developing anxiety, like feeling restless or
tense, keyed up, having issues concentrating due to worries, feeling
paranoid, or fearing a possible lack of self-control.
• Mixed features: meeting a hypomanic or manic episode criteria, but
also suffering from all or some major depressive symptoms.
• Melancholic features: losing pleasure in most or all activities and
no feelings of happiness even during joyful or happy moments.
• Atypical features: going through symptoms not synonymous of major
depressive periods.
• Catatonia: zero reaction or response to the environment, unusual
body positions, not communicating, and/or mimicking another
individual's movement or speech.
• Peripartum onset: symptoms of bipolar disorder that happen during
pregnancy or within a month immediately post-delivery.
• Seasonal pattern: a lifelong pattern of hypomanic, manic or major
depressive periods that alter according to seasons.
• Psychosis: severe period of either depression or mania that leads to
a detachment from real life.


Bipolar disorder's exact cause is unclear. But there could be quite a
few factors contributing to the condition. Let's take a look at all of

Brain Balance and Chemistry:

People suffering from biological disorder tend to have their brain's
physical structure altered. The importance of these alterations is not
certain yet but could pinpoint to specific causes in the future.
An imbalance in neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) probably plays a
major role in several mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
According to evidence, bipolar disorder could be remedied with
specific psychiatric medications that are known for acting on the
neurotransmitters in the brain. This indicates bipolar disorder could
be connected to issues with neurotransmitters' function, and there is
some degree of research supporting this.

For instance, there is evidence that mania episodes could happen when
noradrenaline levels are excessively high, and depression episodes
could be causing the noradrenaline levels to go too low.

Inherited Characteristics:
Generally, bipolar disorder is likely in individuals who have a close
family member, like a parent or sibling, suffering from the condition.
However, research is currently in progress to determine the genes
responsible for the bipolar disorder.
There is no particular gene that can be blamed for causing the
disorder. Rather, several environmental and genetic factors are
believed to function as triggers.
Role of Drugs:
Drugs, alcohol or medication don't cause bipolar disorder on their
own, but their usage could result in bipolar symptoms and moods. For
• Some antidepressants could cause hypomania or mania as a negative
effect. If you start experiencing them post administering
antidepressants, your doctor may not be able to perform an accurate
bipolar disorder diagnosis. However, in case of these pills, it's
worth waiting and finding out if the symptoms disappear sans any

• Street drugs or alcohol could lead to indications similar to
depression and mania. Often, it could be tough to differentiate the
effects of drugs and alcohol from the mental health signs.

Childhood Trauma:

According to some experts, a bipolar disorder condition is possible if
the person has had an emotionally distressful growth period. The
distress could be parental neglect, physical or sexual abuse,
traumatic incidents, loss of a family member such as a parent.
All these negative emotions play a part in bipolar disorder
development because all the distress and trauma during childhood may
hinder the ability to regulate emotions later on in life.
Stressful Events in Adulthood:
Bipolar disorder symptoms could also be linked to stressful phases
during adulthood, such as:
• Poverty and financial issues
• A personal relationship breakdown
• A traumatic personal loss

tThough lower stress levels are not likely to lead to bipolar disorder,
they could instigate a period of depression or mania. Also, bipolar
disorder could be triggered by:
• Sleep disturbances
• Physical illness
• Overwhelming issues in routine life - for instance, issues at the

Self-Esteem Problems:

As per some researchers, people who are depressed or have low selfesteem
issues tend to see a manic episode as an exit point or escape
from the self-misery. In fact, the mania may end up boosting one's
self-confidence during periods of emotional lows.
There are multiple bipolar disorder types. Each variety has its own
frequency, length and pattern of depression and mania-filled episodes.

• Bipolar I Disorder

Also called manic depression or manic depressive disorder, bipolar I
disorder generally entails a couple of mixed or manic episodes
(wherein one experiences signs of both depression and mania).
Generally, an individual suffering from bipolar I disorder would
undergo depression periods too. Often, there's a cycling pattern
between depression and mania. And this is why bipolar I disorder is
also called manic depression. Between episodes of depression and
mania, many individuals suffering from this disorder can lead a normal

• Bipolar II Disorder
Bipolar II diagnosis is confirmed post a couple of major depressive
episodes, along with one hypomania episode, with likely level mood
periods between episodes. The bipolar II highs are referred to as
hypomanias. At times, bipolar II disorder is misdiagnosed as
significant depression if the hypomanic phases go unreported or

• Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Bipolar disorder not following a specific pattern (for instance,
recurring hypomanic episodes sans depressive symptoms, or extremely
rapid swings between a few symptoms of depression and mania) is
referred to as bipolar disorder NOS.

• Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia is a minor bipolar disorder that's characterized by
multiple hypomanic episodes and milder depression episodes that keep
alternating for two years at least. The illness' severity could adjust
with time.

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#2 Author of original report

Stabilize ? its more like lobotamize

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

Using no medical tests at all, I'm diagnosing you as 'bipolar' Here's a prescription for brain-disabling "abilify" or other nueroleptic drugs.

I did this without any lab test,brain scan or procedure known to medical science? that you in fact "have" the "illness" implied by the diagnostic labels.

You're now locked into a life-time diagnosis, needing life-time "treatment". Meanwhile, I'll get life-time payments, either from you or from your health insurance."

Thats psychiatry explianed, or better yet "psychiatry for dummies".

It works like this:

Psychiatric drugs  cause withdrawal reactions, including the antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotic drugs and 'mood stabilizers' (mood removers) .

Of course nobody wants to exist as a zombie then trys to stop taking them.

Then then the individuals condition grows markedly worse within days or weeks of stopping the psychiatric drug, this is almost always due to a withdrawal reactions. However, misinformed doctors and misled parents, teachers and patients belive that this is evidence that the individual 'needs' the drug even more, when in fact its caused by these chemical agents and he or she just needs time to recover from withdrawal effects.

Then possibly your subject to "finding the right combination of meds" when its the meds themselves that are making you sick. Labelling  the side effects new disorders leading to more drugs with more side effects ...

Like in this funny video

Here are some links I found where people can learn the truth about psychiatry before they get sick from psychiatric drugging like I did.  

This video is not so funny. PBS Frontline: The medicated child.

Excellent PBS program that shows how todays kids are being turned into nothing but unnecessary customers for pharmaceutical and medical industry.

The Marketing of Madness is the definitive documentary on the psychiatric drugging industry. Here is the real story of the high income partnership between psychiatry and drug companies that has created an $80 billion psychotropic drug profit center.

But appearances are deceiving. How valid are psychiatrists' diagnoses-and how safe are their drugs? Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal dangerous and often deadly sales campaigns.    Lots of videos mainstream t.v news reports about people getting sick or dead from psychiatry

This Stupid book "bipolar for dummies" makes psychiatric drugging look safe and effective.

P.S   Bipolar is not a chemical imbalance, Read:   

My mother belived that stupid saying after reading this book.

Is depression really a chemical imbalance and how do antidepressants work? Do SSRIs really correct a brain chemical problem with serotonin? Is there a depression test to check neurotransmitters? Despite big pharma ads and psychiatry theory, find out the truth about antidepressant drugs.

Whether the drug is a sleeping pill, tranquilizer, stimulant, antidepressant, mood stabilizer, or antipsychotic, Your Drug May Be Your Problem reveals its documented withdrawal symptoms, demonstrating what this book doest tell you. Withdrawal symptoms  mimic the symptoms for which a person has been medicated in the first place, a fact that frequently prompts doctors to mistakenly re-medicate their patients at even higher doses !

"bipolar for dummies" (retards) fails to mention this.
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#3 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Jeanski - (USA)

If I understand your post correctly, your mother read this book and determined that you have bipolar disorder.  Did she then take you for psychiatric evaluation?  That's the only way to know for sure.

If a mental health professional determines you meet the criteria for bipolar disorder, medication is about the only thing that will help stabilize your moods. It's been demonstrated in the psychiatric research that bipolar disorder doesn't really respond well to just talk therapy.   There is, in fact, a chemical imbalance that can be stabilized. 

I agree 100% with you that we have over medicated our children. However, based on your writing style, I'm going out on a limb and assuming you're an adult.

May I suggest that you give the drugs a try and see if they help? If your mother is this concerned perhaps there is some basis to it. It sounds like she's searching for answers to your erratic behavior (if that's what she sees) and may have come upon an answer.

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