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Br J Psychiatry Suppl. 2001 Jun;41:s164-8.

Cognitive therapy as an adjunct to medication in bipolar disorder.

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Division of Psychiatry, University Department of Psychological Medicine, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow, UK. jan.scott@clinmed.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is increasing support for the use of cognitive behaviour therapy as an adjunct to medication for patients with bipolar disorder.

AIMS:

To explore current psychological models of bipolar disorder, describing the clinical rationale for using cognitive therapy and providing a brief overview of the approach.

METHOD:

Results from outcome studies are discussed.

RESULTS:

Preliminary findings indicate that cognitive therapy may be beneficial for patients with bipolar disorder. The collaborative, educational style of cognitive therapy, the use of a stepwise approach and of guided discovery is particularly suitable for patients who wish to take an equal and active role in their therapy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Randomised, controlled trials of cognitive therapy in bipolar disorder are required to establish the short-term and long-term benefits of therapy, and whether any reported health gain exceeds that of treatment as usual.

PMID:
11450178
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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