Psychological Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Author(s): Sheri L. Johnson and Robert Leahy


From leading scientist-practitioners, this volume presents a range of effective psychosocial approaches for enhancing medication adherence and improving long-term outcomes in adults and children with bipolar illness. Authors review the conceptual and empirical bases of their respective modalities - including cognitive, family-focused, group, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapies - and provide clear descriptions of therapeutic procedures. Separate chapters address assessment and diagnosis, analyze available outcome data, and provide guidance on managing suicidality. Offering a framework for clinical understanding, and yet packed with readily applicable insights and tools, this is a state-of-the-science resource for students and practitioners.


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'This comprehensive presentation on all aspects of bipolar disorder is certainly a landmark. Authorities in each of the domains provide detailed descriptions of diagnostic and assessment issues, ways to integrate psychosocial and pharmacological treatments, and approaches to such specific problem areas as noncompliance and suicidality. This volume is a 'must read' for all professionals charged with diagnosing and/or treating patients with bipolar disorder.' - Aaron T. Beck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

'This is an up-to-date, outstanding, and comprehensive book on psychological treatments for bipolar disorder. All of the contributors are experts in the field, and they have been generous in sharing their knowledge. A broad range of topics are covered, from defining and diagnosing the disorder to implementing a variety of different treatments. Appendices contain useful scales and recommended books for consumers and their families. Mental health professionals and students across the mental health disciplines will find this book an invaluable source of information, and it is a 'must have' for medical and academic libraries.' - Dominic Lam, PhD, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

Sheri L. Johnson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami. Over the past decade, she has conducted research on psychosocial facets of bipolar disorder. Her work has been funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and by the National Institute of Mental Health, and her findings have been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, Founder and Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City, and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell University Medical School. He is the author or editor of many publications, including Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy, Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (with Stephen J. Holland), Cognitive Therapy Techniques, and Roadblocks in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Part I: Overview of Bipolar Disorder. Johnson, Defining Bipolar Disorder. Hammen, Cohen, Psychosocial Functioning. Altman, Differential Diagnosis and Assessment of Adult Bipolar Disorder. Youngstrom, Findling, Feeny, Assessment of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Johnson, Meyer, Psychosocial Predictors of Symptoms. Part II: Therapy and Treatment Issues. Goldberg, The Changing Landscape of Psychopharmacology. Leahy, Cognitive Therapy. Frank, Swartz, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. Miklowitz, Family Therapy. Bauer, Supporting Collaborative Practice Management: The Life Goals Program. Scott, Treatment Outcome Studies. Part III: Special Issues in Treatment. Ramirez Basco, Merlock, McDonald, Treatment Compliance. Newman, Suicidality. Lefley, Vogel-Scibilia, Consumer Advocacy and Self-Help: Interface with Professionals. Leahy, Conclusions. Appendix 1. Altman Self-Rating Scale for Mania (ASRM). Appendix 2. Mood Chart. Appendix 3. Evaluation of Suicidal Risk. Appendix 4. Recommended Books for Consumers and their Families. Appendix 5. Outline of Collaborative Disease Management Strategies. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781593852306
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : September 2005
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sheri L. Johnson and Robert Leahy
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.89506
  • : 340
  • : illustrations