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Bipolar Disorder

Individuals who have bipolar disorder experience significant fluctuations in their mood. Manic or hypomanic episodes are ‘highs’ and depressive episodes are ‘lows’. The term ‘bipolar’ refers to the way that mood can change between the two extremes. Different types of bipolar disorder are diagnosed depending upon which combination of mood states are experienced.

Screening and assessment tools for bipolar disorder

Useful guides

  • Miller, C. J., Johnson, S. L., & Eisner, L. (2009). Assessment tools for adult bipolar disorder. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice16(2), 188-201. download archived copy

Treatment guides

  • NICE guidelines for bipolar disorder (2014) download
  • Understanding bipolar disorder: why some people experience extreme mood states and what can help – BPS/DCP download

Managing bipolar disorder

  • Overview of Bipolar Disorder download
  • Treatment Options download
  • Self Monitoring download
  • Behavioural Strategies for Managing Depression download
  • Cognitive Strategies for Managing Depression download
  • Cognitive Strategies for Preventing Mania download
  • Behavioural Strategies for Preventing Mania download
  • Coping with Stressors download
  • Juruena, M. F. P. (2012). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for the bipolar disorder patients. In Standard and Innovative Strategies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. InTech.  download archived copy
  • Mansell, W. (2007). An integrative formulation‐based cognitive treatment of bipolar disorders: Application and illustration. Journal of clinical psychology63(5), 447-461. download  archived copy

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