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Psychological Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

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ISBN 9781593852306
Published September 22, 2005 by Guilford Press
340 Pages

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Book Description

From leading scientist-practitioners, this volume presents a range of effective psychosocial approaches for enhancing medication adherence and improving long-term outcomes in adults and children with bipolar illness. Authors review the conceptual and empirical bases of their respective modalities--including cognitive, family-focused, group, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapies--and provide clear descriptions of therapeutic procedures. Separate chapters address assessment and diagnosis, analyze available outcome data, and provide guidance on managing suicidality. Offering a framework for clinical understanding, and yet packed with readily applicable insights and tools, this is a state-of-the-science resource for students and practitioners.

Table of Contents

I. Overview of Bipolar Disorder
1 . Defining Bipolar Disorder, Sheri L. Johnson
2. Psychosocial Functioning, Constance Hammen and Amy N. Cohen
3. Differential Diagnosis and Assessment of Adult Bipolar Disorder, Edward Altman
4. Assessment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Eric A. Youngstrom, Robert L. Findling, and Norah Feeny
5. Psychosocial Predictors of Symptoms, Sheri L. Johnson and Björn Meyer
II. Therapy and Treatment Issues
6. The Changing Landscape of Psychopharmacology, Joseph F. Goldberg
7. Cognitive Therapy, Robert L. Leahy
8. Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, Ellen Frank and Holly A. Swartz
9. Family Therapy, David J. Miklowitz
10. Supporting Collaborative Practice Management: The Life Goals Program, Mark S. Bauer
11. Treatment Outcome Studies, Jan Scott
III. Special Issues in Treatment
12. Treatment Compliance, Monica Ramirez Basco, Megan Merlock, and Noelle McDonald
13. Suicidality, Cory F. Newman
14. Consumer Advocacy and Self-Help: Interface with Professionals, Harriet P. Lefley and Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia
15. Conclusions, Robert L. Leahy
Appendix 1. Altman Self-Rating Scale for Mania (ASRM)
Appendix 2. Mood Chart
Appendix 3. Evaluation of Suicidal Risk
Appendix 4. Recommended Books for Consumers and Their Families
Appendix 5. Outline of Collaborative Disease Management Strategies

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Sheri L. Johnson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami. Over the past decade, she has conducted research on psychosocial facets of bipolar disorder. Her work has been funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and by the National Institute of Mental Health, and her findings have been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is the author or editor of numerous books on cognitive therapy and psychological processes. Dr. Leahy is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. He is a recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award for Sustained and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy.


This comprehensive presentation on all aspects of bipolar disorder is certainly a landmark. Authorities in each of the domains provide detailed descriptions of diagnostic and assessment issues, ways to integrate psychosocial and pharmacological treatments, and approaches to such specific problem areas as noncompliance and suicidality. This volume is a 'must read' for all professionals charged with diagnosing and/or treating patients with bipolar disorder.--Aaron T. Beck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

During the past 10 years it has become increasingly clear that, for many sufferers, bipolar affective disorder is a chronic and disabling illness whose devastating impact on quality of life approaches that of schizophrenia. For these patients, treatment plans limited to medical management are often inadequate and fail to address critical psychosocial processes that can either promote or interfere with recovery. This excellent volume brings together in one concise source the psychosocial therapies that have been developed for use with this population. The psychoeducational, cognitive, behavioral, family, and interpersonal approaches described herein represent the state of the art in evidence-based psychotherapies that can complement, not detract from, the effects of pharmacotherapy for bipolar illness.--Michael Thase, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

This is an up-to-date, outstanding, and comprehensive book on psychological treatments for bipolar disorder. All of the contributors are experts in the field and they have been generous in sharing their knowledge. A broad range of topics are covered, from defining and diagnosing the disorder to implementing a variety of different treatments. Appendices contain useful scales and recommended books for consumers and their families. Mental health professionals and students across the mental health disciplines will find this book an invaluable source of information, and it is a ‘must have' for medical and academic libraries.--Dominic Lam, PhD, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
A timely contribution given the considerable and relatively recent progress that has been made in this field....A key resource, containing a wealth of information on a burgeoning area. It is practical with generous use of summary tables. Despite being a multi-authored volume there is no compromise to the quality, scholarliness or coherence of the chapters.
--Psychological Medicine, 8/7/2005