Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Nonremitted Patients with Bipolar Disorder
Article first published online: 2 APR 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 133–141, February 2012
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Deckersbach, T., Hölzel, B. K., Eisner, L. R., Stange, J. P., Peckham, A. D., Dougherty, D. D., Rauch, S. L., Lazar, S. and Nierenberg, A. A. (2012), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Nonremitted Patients with Bipolar Disorder. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, 18: 133–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00236.x
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2011
- Bipolar disorder;
- Cognitive-behavior therapy;
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy;
- Residual symptoms;
Introduction: Bipolar disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression and/or mania along with interepisodic mood symptoms that interfere with psychosocial functioning. Despite periods of symptomatic recovery, many individuals with bipolar disorder continue to experience substantial residual mood symptoms that often lead to the recurrence of mood episodes.
Aims: This study explored whether a new mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for bipolar disorder would increase mindfulness, reduce residual mood symptoms, and increase emotion-regulation abilities, psychological well-being, positive affect, and psychosocial functioning. Following a baseline clinical assessment, 12 individuals with DSM-IV bipolar disorder were treated with 12 group sessions of MBCT.
Results: At the end of treatment, as well as at the 3 months follow-up, participants showed increased mindfulness, lower residual depressive mood symptoms, less attentional difficulties, and increased emotion-regulation abilities, psychological well-being, positive affect, and psychosocial functioning.
Conclusions: These findings suggest that treating residual mood symptoms with MBCT may be another avenue to improving mood, emotion regulation, well-being, and functioning in individuals with bipolar disorder.