Bipolar Disorder and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Essay

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Bipolar Disorder and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Key points: There were several key points described in this chapter that validated psychosocial treatments. This analysis will only focus on the discussion of the research study that focused on the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for bipolar affective disorder. This chapter discussed a study of twenty-eight people (Cochran, 1984) who received outpatient CBT for a bipolar disorder diagnosis. The study was designed to change the way half of the participants (14) would think and behave so that they would better comply with their medication regime. Fourteen participants received six weekly CBT sessions for one hour, in addition to pharmacological interventions. The other
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How this chapter makes a unique contribution This chapter presented several different research studies that illustrated what interventions actually help clients to get well. It also could assist mental health professionals in implementing these interventions. The CBT research study presented in this chapter was the only study illustrated (in this chapter) that met some of the high standards of research efficacy. This project had a control group, randomly assigned participants to control groups and participants were observed over-time. These standards are important for mental health professionals who want to evaluate these research studies so they can decide if they want to implement them into their treatment programs.

Compare with article below because they both cite 1984 Cochran study to prove the efficacy of CBT. 1984 Cochran study -- patients were assigned to 6-week CBT intervention. Less likely than the standard group to be rated as having major adherence problems, terminating meds against medical advise, having nonadherence precipitated episodes or being hospitalized. This was a short term intervention and the results pertain to only 3 -- 6 months post treatment followups

Basco, M. R. & Rush, A. J. (1996). Cognitive-Behavior therapy for bipolar disorder: An overview. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for bipolar