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A case formulation approach to bipolar disorder

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Publication date2015
Host publicationCase formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy: the treatment of challenging and complex cases
EditorsNicholas Tarrier, Judith Johnson
Place of PublicationLondon
Edition2nd ed.
ISBN (Print)9780415741798
Original languageEnglish


Bipolar disorder has only recently been studied from a psychological perspective. There is now increasing evidence for the importance of cognitive behavioural therapy in improving functioning and reducing risk of relapse. This chapter briefly describes the rationale for a psychological approach to bipolar disorder before introducing a clinical heuristic as a context within which to appreciate the clinical examples and case formulations that follow. Key features of the assessment and therapy process with bipolar clients will be described. Targets for therapy include the stabilisation of routines and helping clients to deal more adaptively with mood fluctuations. Potential pitfalls in therapy are noted and possible solutions identified.

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