Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: A Family-Focused Treatment by David J. Miklowitz PhD

By David J. Miklowitz PhD

Family-focused psychoeducational therapy (FFT) is between a truly small variety of psychosocial remedies which have been discovered to be powerful in a number of reports to enhance the process bipolar illness. This necessary advisor describes the right way to enforce FFT with grownup and adolescent sufferers and their relations. supplied are sensible tactics for assisting households comprehend the character of bipolar disease, increase their communique abilities, clear up day by day difficulties, and decrease the chance and severity of relapse. The ebook comprises state of the art wisdom at the ailment and its organic and psychosocial administration. greater than a dozen reproducible handouts are included.

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Jumping from one topic of conversation to another with little transition), impulsive behavior (including hypersexuality, spending sprees, foolish business decisions, or reckless driving), distractibility, and a decreased need for sleep (see the criteria of the DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 2000). A manic person is like a normal person in fast-forward. “I walked into a real fancy restaurant with my mother and started jumping around and running, and there were these chandeliers on the ceiling.

Patients in FFT and those in individual therapy had similar rates of relapse and rehospitalization during the first year of the study, during which they were getting the studybased psychotherapies. Once this year was over, however, patients in individual therapy relapsed (60%) and were rehospitalized (60%) at a much higher rate than patients in FFT (28% and 12%, respectively). In addition, when patients in FFT did relapse, they were less likely to require hospitalization than the patients in individual therapy who relapsed.

He was a patient there, just like you. CATHY: (angrily) There you go again . . sticking pins in all of my dreams! Why can’t you just let me live my life? ” He or she may still sleep very little and spend money to excess. Moreover, the patient is in the difficult position of having to pay the price for the mistakes made during his or her episode. The “fun” of the manic episode is over, and its aftereffects are felt quite acutely in the form of ruined relationships, massive debts, and lost work opportunities.

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