Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence-Based Practice: Bipolar Disorder

Academic journal article Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry

Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence-Based Practice: Bipolar Disorder

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Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence-based Practice: Bipolar Disorder Authors: Reiser RP, Thompson LW Hogrefe & Huber, 2005. US$24.95; pp112; ISBN: 0-88937-310-8

Bipolar Disorder is the first in the series titled Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence-based Practice, developed by the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 12) and is intended for a home-based continuous education readership.

The book's title suggests an emphasis on quantitative research. At the same time, the authors clearly define 'psychotherapy' early on in the Preface section. This immediately clarifies to the reader that the book covers psychosocial treatment and not conventional psychotherapies.

The book is divided into 7 chapters. In keeping with the aim of the series, this book begins with a chapter covering definitions and diagnoses. Chapter 2 deals with the theories and models of psychosocial treatment and could have been more aptly titled "Theories and Models of Psychosocial Treatments" rather than "Theories and Models of Bipolar Disorder". Chapter 3 details the treatment indications that impact on the rehabilitation phase of the illness. Chapter 4, the longest chapter, details various aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy such as collaborative engagement, charting and monitoring, activity scheduling complemented by psychoeducation, motivational techniques for insight and treatment adherence, social orientation, family management, and identification of warning signs. …

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