Psychotherapists are increasingly involved in the treatment of disorders for which, in the past, drug treatments have been the main form of therapy. Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is one of these diagnoses, where in future a combination of cognitive therapy and medication may provide a better outcome for some patients than drug therapy alone. The authors of this book are pioneers of this approach and it is hoped that their methods and experience will be of value to many therapists and clinicians, and to their clients. The first part of their book deals with the current understanding of bipolar disorder and how this relates to the principles of cognitive therapy. The authors provide a review of conventional approaches to treatment, and these fundamentals about bipolar disorder, its treatment and the process of cognitive therapy provide a basis for effective assessment and selection of patients for cognitive therapy. The remainder of the book describes their methods in detail, with many clinical examples and case vignettes, and full consideration of the context of treatment, including both interpersonal and service delivery issues. The authors also deal with the wider family and social context of this problem and its treatment, ensuring that this book provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date professional text on bipolar disorder as well as a practical guide to a new and hopeful approach to therapy for these patients.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Bipolar Disorder.
Review of Current Treatment.
Psycho-Social Models in Bipolar Disorder.
A Model of Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Bipolar Disorder.
Introducing the Model to the Patient.
Self-Management and Coping with Prodromes.
Long-Term Issues; Manic Depression and the Self.
Family and Social Aspects.
Interpersonal Issues in Therapy and Issues Related to Services.