15. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Affective Disorders

  1. Mick Power
  1. Matthias Schwannauer

Published Online: 1 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118316153.ch15

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mood Disorders, Second Edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mood Disorders, Second Edition

How to Cite

Schwannauer, M. (2013) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Affective Disorders, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mood Disorders, Second Edition (ed M. Power), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118316153.ch15

Author Information

  1. University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 24 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119978923

Online ISBN: 9781118316153

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Keywords:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT);
  • bipolar disorder;
  • psychological therapies;
  • psychosis;
  • mood disorders;
  • treatment outcome;
  • recovery;
  • relapse;
  • quality of life

Summary

The development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for individuals with bipolar disorder requires careful consideration of the psychology of bipolar disorder and an understanding of which psychological mechanisms contribute to vulnerability, maintenance and recovery in bipolar disorder. Compared with the investigations of CBT for psychosis relatively little attention has been placed on its formulation and application to bipolar disorder. In recent years number of studies have demonstrated the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of bipolar disorder, both in relation improved clinical outcomes and in reducing the risk of recurrence. But bipolar disorder remains a debilitating disorder with relatively poor longer-term outcomes and significant impact on family, education and interpersonal functioning. To date the evidence base for its effectiveness is still inconsistent and specialist psychological treatments such as CBT are not generally available to individuals. An expanded psychological model of bipolar disorder is proposed to enhance its clinical effectiveness and to provide a coherent framework for training and implementation.