This valuable resource provides nurses with the current knowledge of and treatment for bipolar disorder. The author addresses the etiology, epidemiology, and course of the illness. It includes the official DSM IV Category Criteria for diagnosing mania and depression and a list of organisational resources for self help and support groups. Readers learn how this illness impacts the day-to-day life of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder including concomitant substance abuse and the threat of suicide. Identifies key medications and current treatments, including electroconvulsive therapy. Highlights major points for planning nursing care, including interventions for hospitalisation and strategies for managing relapse. Ideal for nurses working both in acute and home care setting
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