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Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Bipolar Disorder

Description of the Strategy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has evolved over the past 40 years as an alternative to more traditional nondirective and insight-oriented modes of psychotherapy. The family of cognitive and behavioral therapies includes a diverse group of interventions. Although initially conceived as a therapy for unipolar depression, in the past 20 years, CBT has also been applied to the treatment of bipolar disorder as well. Basic CBT principles that are applied to the treatment of unipolar depression can be modified and adapted to the treatment of bipolar disorder. In general, first and foremost, CBT emphasizes a psychoeducational orientation, by which patients learn about the nature of their illness, resulting problems, and the rationale for use of particular treatment strategies. Second, CBT ...

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