Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Synopsis

"Restructured to be even more useful to real-world clinicians, the revised and expanded second edition of this acclaimed guide offers proven strategies for improving the long-term outcomes and quality of life of people with bipolar illness. The expert authors draw on extensive research and frontline experience to provide a complete framework for individualized cognitive-behavioral treatment. Filled with illustrative case material, the book is carefully designed to address the complexities of treating this challenging, chronic disorder. In the second edition, a new, more flexible assessment and treatment model replaces the original 20-session protocol (which is now included in the Appendix). This new structure facilitates effective intervention with patients with broadly varying histories and clinical presentations, including those who have been recently diagnosed, those who are symptomatically stable, and those who struggle day to day to achieve symptom remission. Provided are clear recommendations for conceptualizing individual patients' needs and working collaboratively to help them." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1996, we have had many opportunities to implement and evaluate our cognitivebehavioral strategies for containing the symptoms of bipolar disorder and for prevention of relapse. We have trained clinicians and researchers across the United States, in South America, and in Europe to use these methods in clinical settings. And other investigators have worked with and modified our strategies for application to their unique patient populations with good results. Also over the 9 years since our original publication, new pharmacological treatments for bipolar disorder have been developed, tested, and found efficacious. Indeed, these are exciting and hopeful times.

Several challenges remain for clinicians and researchers. Better detection methods are needed so that this illness can be recognized and addressed earlier in its course. Medical and behavioral strategies must be strengthened so that those with the illness will have fewer residual symptoms of depression between episodes of mania and major depression. Methods are needed to help patients use their treatment resources more consistently so that they can receive the maximum benefit available. These include clinical strategies that enhance adherence to medical treatments and improvements in psychopharmacological agents so that medications can be better tolerated. We must also aid the efforts to destigmatize mental illness so that people can feel more comfortable seeking psychiatric and psychological care. Taken together, these improvements will help people gain a better sense of control over their symptoms and help them to achieve greater quality of life.

The methods presented in this second edition of CognitiveBehavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder represent another step toward . . .

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