Robert G. Fawcett, M.D.
Calming the Bipolar Storm: a Guide for Patients and their Families
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What is your book about?
Calming the Bipolar Storm presents an in-depth, engaging overview of bipolar disorder and its treatment, punctuated with case vignettes and interesting glimpses into the history behind today’s concepts of bipolar disorder and its treatment. It includes lots of practical tips to optimize , diet, exercise and sleep to improve mood stability and lots of information about drugs and supplements used in bipolar treatment.
What inspired you to write your book?
Research is rapidly uncovering new data about the genetic, neurobiologic and psychosocial factors that play a role in bipolar disorder. New drugs and new treatments emerge rapidly. Many good books about bipolar disorder were very out of date when I wrote Calming the Bipolar Storm.
If you have a business related to your book, tell us about it:
Little Traverse Psychiatric Associates, P. C. is the name of my business. In the past it was a group of psychiatrists who had an inpatient and outpatient practice, but presently I work very part-time doing disability exams for the state of Michigan. Presently I work solely with the state of Michigan performing evaluations for persons seeking Social Security Disability.
What is a typical day like for you?
On work days I review records, see patients via telehealth and write up psychiatric evaluations. Most days I start with exercise, e.g., bicycling or skiing after walking the dog. Often I play or practice music (guitar, harmonica, banjo, uke) as I am a singer-songwriter. I often read some scientific journals, and may work on writing, revising, or marketing a book. I may cooperate with my wife on a Blue Apron meal and spend time with family.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I enjoy learning new information about the brain and behavior. I enjoy synthesizing a body of facts into a smaller , understandable narrative.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
I enjoyed Lithium, a Doctor, a Drug and a Breakthrough, and An Unquiet Mind.
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
If you seek knowledge about bipolar disorder or any disease find a reliable source. Misinformation is rampant on the internet and even in some books.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I was portrayed by an actor in a television movie about a demented man who was the subject of a family dispute in court after his wife considered euthanasia for him.
What’s next for you?
I hope to write another book about some interesting cases in the borderland of psychiatry and neurology and what these reveal about our brain function and the evolution of behavior.