Chapter 32. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham3 and
  2. Mario Maj4
  1. Sagar V. Parikh1 and
  2. Jan Scott2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch32

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Parikh, S. V. and Scott, J. (2010) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network (UHN), University of Toronto, Room 9M-329, Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8, Canada

  2. 2

    University Department of Psychiatry, Psychological Treatments Research, Newcastle University, Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4RU, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • cognitive-behavioural therapy for bipolar disorder;
  • key CBT manuals - for bipolar disorder;
  • psychosocial treatment for BD - more complex than for psychiatric disorders;
  • treatment outlines, of three major manuals for CBT for BD in adults;
  • three primary roles for bipolar psychotherapy - psychoeducation, symptom control, relapse prevention and problem solving/healing;
  • ‘3rd generation’ CBT models, schema-focused and cognitive analytic therapies;
  • psychosocial treatment options - Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT);
  • CBT for unipolar depression - identified as efficacious and cost effective;
  • computer-based or Internet delivered CBT for BD - to be developed and delivered;
  • mapping psychological models of constructs - onto neuroscience-based framework, in evolving a robust model


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview of key CBT manuals for bipolar disorder

  • Theoretical underpinnings for a model of CBT for bipolar disorder

  • Review of CBT trials

  • Summary of CBT trials with ‘treatmentas-usual’ controls

  • References