From the Publisher
"Since it is now clear that optimal treatment for the majority of individuals with bipolar disorder requires an approach that integrates pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, it is reassuring to see this revised, updated manual for one of the key psychotherapeutic modalities. As always, Basco and Rush write with extreme clarity. Readers will benefit from their collective wisdom about ways to intervene in this challenging disorder."Ellen Frank, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
"A thoughtful, readable, and very useful volume. The authors' coverage of issues of compliance and adherence in therapy is comprehensive and compelling, providing a sound basis for preventing relapse. What makes the second edition unique is that the format allows clinicians to apply recommended treatment approaches during different phases of the illness, with patients from the newly diagnosed to those in sustained remission. This book will serve as a useful resource for graduate students as well as more experienced clinicians."Edward Altman, PsyD, Department of Psychiatry (Retired), University of Illinois at Chicago
"The second edition of this definitive work is even more useful than its predecessor. Focusing on techniques for patients at different stages of their illness and acceptance, this is a 'must' for all clinicians treating bipolar disorder. The best psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for helping this population are described and integrated into a coherent framework. The book is full of carefully structured charts, case examples, and patient assignments that will enable clinicians to successfully employ these critically important treatment principles and practices."Robert Morton Post, MD, Biological Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health
"Two experts, including John Rush, one of the pioneers in CBT, have made an excellent book even better....This text is more user-friendly, and has extensive illustrative case material and descriptions of strategic (goal-focused) and technical interventions. The authors take the clinician through the course of the illness and recommend particular interventions for each stage or clinical manifestation of bipolar disorder. For the clinician and teacher of clinical issues, this should be a required text."/m-/Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, Behavioral Science Book Service Advisory Board Member
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
"A truly practical resource grounded in a real-world context....A comprehensive guide to the treatment of bipolar disorder from the CBT framework, and which would serve any therapist extremely well in a multitude of settings, both psychological and in more medically oriented multidisciplinary teams. As a resource for therapists specializing in bipolar disorder, or for those wondering how to apply their CBT skills to symptoms of depression and mania, this would be a valuable addition to any bookshelf."
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"I found this book extremely helpful in adding new techniques to my therapeutic armamentarium. I recommend it highly for both the beginning and experienced therapist."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
"Basco and Rush provide an easy-to-follow and flexible set of techniques for treatment of bipolar disorder....For beginning clinicians and practitioners who prefer to work using a more structured approach, a treatment protocol is provided in the Appendix....Vignettes are offered throughout the book to illustrate how to apply the techniques to different types of patients in different stages of the illness."
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
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.