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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: An update of the first edition (1996), this book addresses specific psychotherapeutic treatment interventions for patients with bipolar disorder, with the main focus on cognitive techniques to improve outcomes for these patients.
Purpose: The authors provided this update due to the ever-expanding accumulation of knowledge in the field. It is meant to be more functionally useful in clinical situations than its predecessor, specifically addressing disease stages for a more focused approach to patient management.
Audience: While enlightening for those having family members or loved ones with bipolar disorder, or experiencing the illness themselves, this book is geared primarily toward the treating clinician, namely psychiatrists and psychologists familiar with the use of CBT as a treatment tool.
Features: Eliminating the "session-by-session instructions" from the prior edition, the authors have focused their attention on the various stages of bipolar disorder and management techniques tailored to periods of depression, mania, prevention, and relapse. Chapters include medication information for nonprescribers, as well as information on how to address stress management and interpersonal communication. Each chapter ends with a summary of "Key Points for the Therapist to Remember" and "Points to Discuss with Patients."
Assessment: The changes in this edition are quite useful and instructive. The layout enables the reader to concentrate on areas of interest without spending valuable time rehashing concepts already solidified. The tables and figures are easy to interpret, and are functionally useful in clinical practice, with well-explained examples. In addition, the appendix, which contains a protocol for 20 sessions, provides a handy guide for keeping therapists on track, especially those with less clinical experience. The only drawback seems to be the importance of a general understanding of the basic CBT principles before one can fully appreciate and use this book.