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Cognitive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: A Therapist's Guide to Concepts, Methods and Practice, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-97012-6
344 pages
October 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
Cognitive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: A Therapist


A thoroughly updated version of a key practitioner text, this new edition includes a treatment manual of cognitive-behavioural therapy for Bipolar Disorder which incorporates the very latest understanding of the psycho-social aspects of bipolar illness.
  • Updated to reflect treatment packages developed by the authors over the last decade, and the successful completion of a large randomized controlled study which shows the efficacy of CBT for relapse prevention in Bipolar Disorder
  • Demonstrates the positive results of a combined approach of cognitive behavioural therapy and medication
  • Provides readers with a basic knowledge of bipolar disorders and its psycho-social aspects, treatments, and the authors’ model for psychological intervention
  • Includes numerous clinical examples and case studies
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Table of Contents

About the Author.



Chapter 1 Introduction to Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 2 Review of Current Treatment.

Chapter 3 Psycho-Social Models in Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 4 Our Model of Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Bipolar Disorder.

Chapter 5 Pre-Therapy Assessment.

Chapter 6 Introducing the Model to the Patient.

Chapter 7 Goal Setting.

Chapter 8 Cognitive Techniques.

Chapter 9 Behavioural Techniques.

Chapter 10 Self-Management and Coping with Prodromes.

Chapter 11 Long-Term Issues, Bipolar Disorders and the Self.

Chapter 12 Family and Social Aspects.

Chapter 13 Interpersonal Issues in Therapy and Issues Related to Services.



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Author Information

Dominic H. Lam is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hull. He has published extensively in various aspects of bipolar disorders and is the main author of the CBT for bipolar disorders trial.

Steven H. Jones is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University. He has published widely on the development of cognitive therapy approaches for bipolar disorder and on psychological models relevant to the development and recurrence of bipolar experiences.

Peter Hayward worked for many years at the Institute of Psychiatry and at the Maudsley Hospital.  He is now retired but continues to practice CBT privately.

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“This book is a helpful treatment manual of cognitive behavioural therapy for BD patients written for professionals.  It provides a basic knowledge of BD, including the latest studies.  The book offers easy-to-follow guidance and illustrates the process of the therapy with many case examples.”  (European Journal of Mental Health, 1 November 2012)

"Clinical psychologists Lam (U. of Hull), Steven H. Jones (U. of Lancaster), and Peter Hayward, in private practice, update their 1999 guide to incorporate subsequent literature and their own experience working with bipolar patients using a form of prophylactic psychotherapy in conjunction with medication. The treatment package they describe contains elements from traditional cognitive therapy for depression, but also some elements they have devised for treating the particular difficulties experienced by people with bipolar illness. The early chapters provide readers with a basic knowledge about bipolar disorders, treatments available so far, the psycho-social aspects of bipolar disorders, and their model for psychological intervention. Then they explain the treatment package itself, and how therapists can integrate it into their practice." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)

‘Cognitive therapy has been shown to be a beneficial and cost effective intervention for bipolar disorder, usually in conjunction with medication. Written by the team that developed one of the best validated cognitive therapy programmes, this book is a must-read for clinicians. Liberally illustrated with case examples, it provides clear guidance in how to deliver the treatment. It is also an invaluable resource for patient handouts, therapy forms and relevant measures. An exceptional book that is thoroughly recommended.’
Professor David M. Clark, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

‘If you are going to buy one treatment manual for bipolar disorder, buy this one. Of all of the cognitive therapy manuals for bipolar disorder, this one has fared best in the research trials. The authors have decades of experience conducting research on bipolar disorder and providing psychotherapy as well. They take a broader perspective on the many established risk factors for the disorder and offer a range of intervention strategies to target core psychological aspects of the disorder.’
Professor Sheri L. Johnson, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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