Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book introduces the biopsychosocial model of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It reviews the theoretical foundation and treatment including the assessment, case formulation, maintenance, and termination.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the theory and practice of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Evidence is building in support of combination therapies for the treatment of mental illness. Therefore, this is an important guide to the treatment of a very challenging illness and the book meets its overall objectives.
Audience: The target audience includes students and practitioners in the mental health field. As the author states, it is aimed at clinicians. The book provides all the necessary components to use this therapeutic intervention. Dr. Frank is a leading clinician in the field whose research in the treatment of bipolar disorder is well known.
Features: The book provides the steps necessary to implement IPSRT. It begins with the theoretical foundation, including a review of the empirically supported theories of bipolar disorder. The author provides an overview of IPSRT and several chapters on case formulation and treatment planning. Thankfully, the book includes the assessment tools used in IPSRT in the appendixes. Throughout the book, the author provides case examples and models the intervention with each of those patients. Due to the complexity of this illness, the author also focuses on strategies to cope with poor outcomes and concludes with issues surrounding maintenance and termination.
Assessment: This book provides a thorough introduction to a new approach in the treatment of a very complicated illness. The book clearly develops the theoretical foundation and the implementation of the intervention, providing useful strategies for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
From the Publisher
"Ellen Frank's manual is an important contribution to the treatment of bipolar disorder. It clearly articulates the nature of the illness, how best to conceptualize the role of psychotherapy in a condition whose origins and treatments are primarily biological, how to assess the goals of therapy for an individual patient, and the specifics of utilizing IPSRT. This book is a welcome addition to the field."--Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"In easy-to-read prose, Ellen Frank explains interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, a new psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder. Based on her groundbreaking work on the role of sleep-wake cycle disturbances in the onset of mania, Dr. Frank explains how stabilizing people's daily routines can enhance mood stability and interpersonal functioning. She provides step-by-step methods for addressing interpersonal problems associated with the illness, such that clinicians will be well on their way to using the treatment even with their most severely ill patients. The case studies are highly illustrative of the complexities of treating this debilitating illness. There is much wisdom in this book for clinicians and researchers."--David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
"Using a creative combination of techniques, Dr. Frank provides a structure that will allow clinicians to intervene more helpfully with patients with bipolar disorder. A well-written and scientific description of the illness forms the basis for the provision of clear strategies for coping with it more effectively. Rich case examples demonstrate an empathic understanding of the illness and its devastating impact on patients and families. Clinicians working with this population should find this readable, pragmatic book an essential addition to their professional libraries."--Carol M. Anderson, MSW, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"This book is a welcome and needed contribution for treatment of one of the most challenging mental disorders....Ellen Frank's groundbreaking work in disruption of circadian rhythms now offers all those who work with bipolar illness an evidence-based psychological therapy. It is a strongly recommended read for prescribers and therapists and a must read for graduate students or new graduates beginning practice since case studies are used for illustration of therapeutic concepts."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"The writing throughout the volume is cogent, coherent, and comprehensive....The work is particularly useful for non-psychiatric clinicians who treat individuals with bipolar disorder in collaboration with a psychiatrist. Dr. Frank's systematic approach is recommended to every practicing psychiatrist committed to holistic care of patients with bipolar disorder. The author's passion and commitment to the patient with bipolar disorder and their loved ones are evident throughout this well-conceived model of care."--Psychological Medicine
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
"Valuable to clinicians with varied levels of expertise....Useful for seasoned practitioners who wish to expand their repertoire of treatment skills for bipolar disorder to stabilization of social rhythms."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews