By Ellen Frank

"This handbook provides a strong strategy for assisting humans deal with bipolar affliction and shield opposed to the recurrence of manic or depressive episodes. From Ellen Frank, the developer of interpersonal and social rhythm remedy (IPSRT) and a number one researcher and clinician within the box, the booklet info every one part of the remedy and marshals transparent proof for its effectiveness." "Providing all wanted instruments for Read more...

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Ellicott, Hammen, Gitlin, Brown, and Jamison (1990) theorized that life stress, in the form of the kinds of negative life events already shown to be associated with the onset of unipolar depressions (Brown & Harris, 1979; Paykel & Tanner, 1976), was also relevant for the course of bipolar disorder. In studies conducted in the 1990s they demonstrated the temporal association between such events and relapse or recurrence of the disorder. Brown and colleagues showed negative effects of a hostile family environment on the course of another psychotic disorder, schizophrenia, in the 1960s and 1970s (Brown, Birley, & Wing, 1972).

Encouraged by the basic studies of Cutler and Post (1982) that suggested a kindling process similar to that seen in epilepsy might be responsible for the psychopathology of bipolar disorder, investigators began to explore the possible use of anticonvulsant medications for this condition. , 2000) has called the kindling theory into question, as a result of aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies anticonvulsant drugs have now come to supersede lithium as a treatment for bipolar disorder in many parts of the United States.

For patients with bipolar II disorder or bipolar disorder NOS, psychotherapy alone may be a reasonable approach to both acute and maintenance treatment. Although we have not conducted an empirical study of IPSRT alone in this population, we have treated individual cases with good results. We have also had good outcomes with IPT alone in patients who would qualify for a diagnosis of bipolar II disorder. EMPIRICALLY SUPPORTED PSYCHOSOCIAL AND PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS • Why add a psychosocial treatment to the pharmacotherapy of bipolar disorder?

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