In this section of the article, Ed reviews and interacts with two books on bipolar disorder. The first book is written from a cognitive-behavioral point of view and the second addresses bipolar in children.
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Monica R. Basco and A. John Rush
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, 2nd edition (New York: Guilford, 2005), 315 pages.
Cultural shifts accompanied changes in what is popular among secular therapies. Presently, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially stylish. It suits the insurance industry's demand for shorter therapies with verifiable goals. It squares nicely with American sensibilities that focus on problem solving and results. As its name suggests, CBT focuses on education by identifying problems in thinking and behavior and suggesting practical solutions.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder is a more technical and thorough presentation of the cognitive approach that also steers The Bipolar Survival Guide. It aims to (1) identify the problem, (2) learn the early warning signs, (3) learn how to manage the symptoms, (4) develop strategies to aid compliance with medication, and (5) deal with the emotional, vocational, and social fallout of bipolar disorder.