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Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach



Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach is a rich source-book of practical and sensitive guidance on bipolar disorder — a devastating illness that until now has been treated primarily through somatic means. In this book, practitioners will discover the “art and heart” of cognitive therapy in the treatment of bipolar disorder. This volume also examines the interface between cognitive therapy and pharmacotherapy and provides explicit guidelines for addressing bipolar patients’ misgivings about taking medications. The authors present numerous techniques for the management of hypomania and mania, and they bring to bear the full force of traditional cognitive therapy in combating suicidality — a common aspect of the disorder. Recognizing that bipolar disorder affects entire families, the book explicates methods for helping couples and families collaborate more effectively in the face of one (or more) members’ bipolar illness. In addition, the authors touch upon the sensitive but vitally important topic of stigma, and how it affects the lives and treatment of manic-depressive individuals. Most importantly, this book offers ways for therapists to help boost the morale, self-esteem, hope, and resiliency of their bipolar patients through the therapeutic relationship.