Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

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The development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for individuals with bipolar disorder requires careful consideration of the psychology of bipolar disorder and an understanding of which psychological mechanisms contribute to vulnerability, maintenance and recovery in bipolar disorder. Compared with the investigations of CBT for psychosis relatively little attention has been placed on its formulation and application to bipolar disorder. In recent years number of studies have demonstrated the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of bipolar disorder, both in relation improved clinical outcomes and in reducing the risk of recurrence. But bipolar disorder remains a debilitating disorder with relatively poor longer-term outcomes and significant impact on family, education and interpersonal functioning. To date the evidence base for its effectiveness is still inconsistent and specialist psychological treatments such as CBT are not generally available to individuals. An expanded psychological model of bipolar disorder is proposed to enhance its clinical effectiveness and to provide a coherent framework for training and implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mood Disorders
EditorsPower Michael
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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