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Bipolar Disorder

by Robert P. Reiser, Larry W. Thompson, Sheri L. Johnson, Trisha Suppes

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 1

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An extensively updated new edition of the highly acclaimed guide to treatment of bipolar disorder, incorporating the latest research on psychosocial treatments and clear medication management guidelines.

This extensively updated new edition of the acclaimed book integrates empirical research from the last 10 years to provide clear and up-to-date guidance on the assessment and effective treatment of bipolar disorder.

The expert authors, a team of psychotherapists and medical practitioners, begin by describing the main features of bipolar disorder based on DSM-5 and ICD-10 criteria. Current theories and models are described, along with decision trees for evaluating the best treatment options. They then outline a systematic, integrated, and empirically supported treatment approach involving structured, directive therapy that is collaborative and client-centered. This edition includes completely updated medication management guidelines in the form of very concise and user friendly tables. Special considerations, including managing suicide risk, substance misuse, and medication nonadherence, are also addressed.

This compact, stand-alone resource aims to help psychotherapists, psychologists, medical and psychiatric practitioners, and nurses deliver the highest standards of care for people with bipolar disorder.

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From the reviews

"I would recommend [this book] to all psychotherapists and any health professional that treats bipolar patients.
The book is divided into 4 main sections. The fourth and last section is “Treatment,” which I found the most useful.
[M]ost helpful is the Appendix at the end of this book. I really appreciate practical, helpful forms, and I find that Bipolar Disorder provides them."

Vivian Chow, MD, Private Practice, Toronto, ON, in Medical Psychotherapy Review, vol. 25, 2018

"Patients with bipolar disorder often do not receive evidence-based treatments. The mainstay of treatment has been almost exclusively pharmacotherapy. However, there is empirical research over the past 10 years that shows [the] effectiveness of psychosocial treatments in bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, this has not been translated to the bedside or office setting. This [book] provides a comprehensive evidence-based approach to providing a supplemental psychosocial treatment program to these patients. Written and edited by nationally recognized clinician-researchers in the field, this is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature."
Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Doody's Book Reviews, April 2017

Praise for the book

"This compact volume gives a wonderful overview of cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational treatments for patients with bipolar disorder, along with clear guidance on pharmacotherapeutic interventions. Readers will appreciate the emphasis on clinical technique. This book will be very useful to both practitioners beginning to work with people with bipolar disorder and more seasoned professionals who wish to update their knowledge base."
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Director, Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program, Director, Integrative Study Center in Mood Disorders, UCLA Semel Institute, Los Angeles, CA; author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, 2nd ed.

"Bipolar Disorder is an exceptional resource for the busy clinician. This concise but remarkably informative volume provides the most important information that you will need for differential diagnosis, knowledge of comorbidity, assessment, biological and psychological models, treatment planning, and resources for patients and clinicians. This essential book is one that you will want to refer to often. Highly recommended!"
Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy; Clinical Professor of Psychology, Weill-Cornell University Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

"This updated edition of Bipolar Disorder provides an objective review of the state of the art in both psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic treatments, with practical tools and vivid clinical vignettes that illustrate concepts for the reader. It belongs on the shelf of every clinician who treats patients with bipolar disorder, regardless of discipline!"
Donna M. Sudak, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Senior Associate Training Director, Director of Psychotherapy Training, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

"This is an extremely useful guide to the treatment of an extremely challenging patient population. It provides clinicians with both the highlights of the latest scientific findings and the nitty-gritty details of strategies to address difficult situations. The forms (which clinicians may reproduce) alone justify the cost of the book."
Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center, Oakland, CA, and University of California, Berkeley, CA

"This book is well-organized, easy to follow, and chock full of helpful vignettes and sample therapist–patient dialogues that bring treatment to life. The authors are clearly experts in their field. They show great compassion for patients and an in-depth understanding of situations that clinicians face when trying to provide the best possible treatment. If you treat patients with bipolar disorder, you will be thrilled to own this book!"
Joan Davidson, PhD,Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA

"Reiser and colleagues have produced a concise and clear description of best practices in working with bipolar disorder."
David Kingdon, MD, Clinical Services Director, Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery, University of Southampton, UK

"This compact manual results from a collaboration between medical and psychosocial researchers and clinicians. It is designed to be an ‘all in one’ reference on bipolar disorder for practitioners interested in both medical and psychosocial strategies – and it is a very readable little gem that I recommend to clinicians without reservation."
Lewis Judd, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, UC San Diego, CA

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