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Learn about autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, codependency, and other common mental health conditions. We explain what they are, how they're treated, and where you can find support.

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Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies

Published 11-10-2020

<p><b>Get to know the ins and outs of BPD&mdash;and make the choice to change!</b></p> <p>Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an extremely serious&mdash;and often seriously neglected&mdash;condition. Despite around 4 million diagnoses in the USA, BPD has attracted lower funding and levels of clinical concern than more "popular" conditions such as bipolar disorder. But there's no need to lose hope! <i>Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies</i>, 2nd Edition was written to bridge this gap and help sufferers learn how to break the cycle to lead a full and happy life.</p> <p>BPD impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others and can cause long-term patterns of disruptive relationships and difficulties with self-control. It often results from childhood abuse or neglect, as well as from genetic or brain abnormalities&mdash;particularly in areas of the brain that regulate emotion, impulsivity, and aggression. Knowing how it works means we know how to manage it, and <i>Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies</i>&mdash;written in a friendly, easy-to-follow style by two leading clinical psychologists&mdash;is packed with useful techniques to do just that: from identifying triggers to finding the right care provider.</p> <ul> <li>Get a compassionate, actionable understanding of the symptoms and history of BPD</li> <li>Acquire techniques to identify and halt damaging behaviors</li> <li>Evaluate providers and the latest therapies and treatments</li> <li>Set goals and habits to overcome problems step-by-step</li> </ul> <p>BPD should never be allowed to dictate anyone's existence. This reference gives you the tools to take your life back and is a must-have for sufferers and their loved ones alike.</p>

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Bipolar Disorder For Dummies

Published 11-09-2015

<b>Understand the realities of bipolar disorder</b> <p>When one receives the diagnosis that they or a loved one has bipolar disorder, it can be a time of fear and worry. <i>Bipolar Disorder For Dummies,</i> 3<sup>rd</sup> Edition explains the brain chemistry behind the disease and covers the latest medications and therapies. You'll get reassuring, sound advice and self-help techniques that you and your loved ones, including kids and teens, can use to ease and eliminate symptoms, function in times of crisis, plan ahead for manic or depressive episodes, and feel a whole lot better. &#160;This new edition will include new and updated content on genetics, biochemistry, and imaging studies relevant to bipolar, expanded coverage on how to handle the high costs of treatment, and supporting a loved one (who may not want help, medications and treatment options, including DSM-5, ECT, and TMS along with new coverage on special populations (how bipolar affects different groups, like women and various ethnic groups and special populations, like seniors and expectant moms. <p>Bipolar disorder, which has also been called manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual mood swings and shifting energy levels. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can, if not understood and handled properly, wreak havoc on personal and professional relationships. Though bipolar disorder is a serious condition, it's one that can be treated! With a firm understanding of what you're dealing with, you can navigate your way through the challenges of bipolar disorder, whether you or a loved one suffers from this illness. <ul> <li>Recognize the warning signs of mania and depression, which may point to bipolar disorder</li> <li>Understand where to find the latest treatment options</li> <li>Stay on track with personal and professional aspects of life</li> <li>Effectively and compassionately respond to rants, depression, mania, and other behaviors associated with bipolar disorder</li> </ul> <p><i>Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, 3<sup>rd</sup> Edition</i> offers straightforward, reassuring information about bipolar disorder to help you or your loved one conquer the disease.

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Codependency For Dummies

Published 02-23-2015

<b>Your trusted guide to value yourself and break the patterns of codependency</b> <p><i>Codependency For Dummies,</i> 2<sup>nd</sup> Edition is the most comprehensive book on the topic to date. Written in plain English and packed with sensitive, authoritative information, it describes the history, symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamics of codependency. The majority of the book is devoted to healing and lays out a clear plan for recovery with exercises, practical advice, and daily reminders to help you know, honor, protect, and express yourself. New to this edition are chapters on working the Twelve Steps to recover from codependency and how therapists/coaches/nurses are affected by codependency.</p> <p>Codependence is primarily a learned behavior from our family of origin. Some cultures have it to a greater degree than others&#8212;some still see it as a normal way of living. Yet the costs of codependence can include distrust, faulty expectations, passive-aggressiveness, control, self-neglect, over-focus on others, manipulation, intimacy issues, and a slew of other harmful traits. Codependence causes serious pain and affects the majority of Americans&#8212;not just women and loved ones of addicts. <i>Codependency For Dummies,</i> 2<sup>nd</sup> Edition offers authoritative and trusted guidance on ways to raise your self-esteem, detach and let go, set boundaries, recognize healthy vs. dysfunctional relationships, overcome guilt and resentment, and much more.</p> <ul> <li>Helps you break the pattern of conduct that keeps you in harmful relationships</li> <li>Provides trusted guidance to create healthy boundaries, coping skills, and expectations</li> <li>Offers advice for eliminating feelings of guilt, blame, and feeling overly responsible</li> <li>Explains the difference between care-giving and codependent care-taking</li> </ul> <p>If you're trapped in the cycle of codependency and looking for help, <i>Codependency For Dummies,</i> 2<sup>nd</sup> Edition offers trusted advice and a clear plan for recovery.</p>

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies

Published 03-27-2012

As Dr. Mark Goulston tells his patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), "The fact that you&#8217;re still afraid doesn&#8217;t mean you&#8217;re in any danger. It just takes the will and the way for your heart and soul to accept what the logical part of your mind already knows." In <i>Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies,</i> Dr. Goulston helps you find the will and shows you the way. <p>A traumatic event can turn your world upside down, but there is a path out of PTSD. This reassuring guide presents the latest on effective treatments that help you combat fear, stop stress in its tracks, and bring joy back into your life. You'll learn how to:</p> <ul> <li>Identify PTSD symptoms and get a diagnosis</li> <li>Understand PTSD and the nature of trauma</li> <li>Develop a PTSD treatment plan</li> <li>Choose the ideal therapist for you</li> <li>Decide whether cognitive behavior therapy is right for you</li> <li>Weight the pros and cons of PTSD medications</li> <li>Cope with flashbacks, nightmares, and disruptive thoughts</li> <li>Maximize your healing</li> <li>Manage your recovery, both during and after treatment</li> <li>Help a partner, child or other loved one triumph over PTSD</li> <li>Know when you're getting better</li> <li>Get your life back on track</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're a trauma survivor with PTSD or the caregiver of a PTSD sufferer, <i>Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies,</i> gives you the tools you need to win the battle against this disabling condition.</p>

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Schizophrenia For Dummies

Published 10-27-2008

<b>Practical tools for leading a happy, productive life</b><br /> <br /> Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder that afflicts one percent of the population, an estimated 2.5 million people in America alone. The firsthand advice in this reassuring guide will empower the families and caregivers of schizophrenia patients to take charge, offering expert advice on identifying the warning signs, choosing the right health professional, understanding currently available drugs and those on the horizon (as well as their side effects), and evaluating traditional and alternative therapies.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies

Published 10-27-2008

Arguably one of the most complex emotional disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is surprisingly common. Furthermore, most people at some time in their lives exhibit a smattering of OCD-like symptoms. <p><i>Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies</i> sorts out the otherwise curious and confusing world of obsessive compulsive disorder. Engaging and comprehensive, it explains the causes of OCD and describes the rainbow of OCD symptoms. The book shows readers whether OCD symptoms represent normal and trivial concerns (for example, a neat freak) or something that should be checked out by a mental health professional (for example, needing to wash hands so often that they become raw and red). In easy to understand steps, the authors lay out the latest treatments that have been proven to work for this disorder, and provide practical and real tools for living well long-term. Whether you or someone you care about has this disorder, <i>Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies</i> gives you an empathic understanding of this fascinating yet treatable mental disorder.</p>

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Understanding Autism For Dummies

Published 09-19-2006

<b>Friendly, accessible guidance for parents of autistic children and people caring for autistic adults</b><br /><br />Autism affects more than 1 million children and adults in the United States, and parents may be confused by the behavior of autistic children. This book provides help-and hope-by explaining the differences between various types of autism and delivering the lowdown on behavioral, educational, medical, other interventions. Featuring inspiring autism success stories as well as a list of organizations where people who support those with autism can go for additional help, it offers practical advice on how to educate children as well as insights on helping people with autism use their strengths to maximize their potential in life. <p><b>Stephen Shore</b>, EdD (Brookline MA), serves on the board for several autism spectrum-related organizations and he has written <i>Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome</i> (1-931282-00-5) and edited <i>Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure For People on the Autism Spectrum</i> (1-931282-58-7).<br /> <b>Linda G. Rastelli</b> (Middletown, NJ) is a veteran journalist who specializes in health and business.<br /> <b>Temple Grandin</b>, PhD (Fort Collins, CO) is the author of the bestselling <i>Thinking in Pictures</i> (0-679-77289-8) and <i>Emergence: Labeled Autistic</i> (0-446-67182-7).</p>

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Overcoming Dyslexia For Dummies

Published 12-27-2005

Includes tips and strategies for kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia<br /> <br /> Understand what dyslexia is, assess schools and programs, and help your child succeed<br /> <br /> Does your child mix up d's and b's? Does he or she have trouble reading? If so, the cause may be dyslexia. But don't worry -- these days, there are many ways to overcome dyslexia. This hands-on guide leads you step by step through your options -- and explains how anyone with dyslexia can achieve success in school and life.<br /> <br /> Discover how to<br /> * Recognize the symptoms of dyslexia<br /> * Understand diagnostic test results<br /> * Set up an Individualized Education Program (IEP)<br /> * Work effectively with teachers<br /> * Improve your child?s reading skills

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AD / HD For Dummies

Published 10-29-2004

<b>Sound advice for parents whose kids have trouble concentrating</b> <p>According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated five to ten percent of children suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This book provides answers for parents of children who may have either condition, as well as for adult sufferers. Written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style, it helps people recognize and understand ADD and ADHD symptoms and offers an authoritative, balanced overview of both drug and non-drug therapies.</p>

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