Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach

Pages: 260
Item #: 431776A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-789-1
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $29.95
Copyright: 2002
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach is a rich source-book of practical and sensitive guidance on bipolar disorder—a devastating illness that until now has been treated primarily through somatic means. In this book, practitioners will discover the "art and heart" of cognitive therapy in the treatment of bipolar disorder. This volume also examines the interface between cognitive therapy and pharmacotherapy and provides explicit guidelines for addressing bipolar patients' misgivings about taking medications.

The authors present numerous techniques for the management of hypomania and mania, and they bring to bear the full force of traditional cognitive therapy in combating suicidality—a common aspect of the disorder. Recognizing that bipolar disorder affects entire families, the book explicates methods for helping couples and families collaborate more effectively in the face of one (or more) members' bipolar illness. In addition, the authors touch upon the sensitive but vitally important topic of stigma, and how it affects the lives and treatment of manic-depressive individuals. Most importantly, this book offers ways for therapists to help boost the morale, self-esteem, hope, and resiliency of their bipolar patients through the therapeutic relationship.

Table of Contents


  1. Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic, Epidemiologic, Etiologic, and Prognostic Issues
  2. The Role of Cognition in Bipolar Disorder and its Treatment
  3. Moderating Mania and Hypomania
  4. Clinical Management of Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicidality in Bipolar Disorder
  5. Pharmacotherapy in the Context of Cognitive Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Disorder
  6. Bipolar Disorder and the Family
  7. Stigma, Loss, and Acceptance
  8. Cognitive Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Disorder: The Case of "Carlos"

Epilogue: Future Directions


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Author Bios

Cory F. Newman, PhD, ABPP, is director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Newman is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, specializing in Behavioral Psychology. Dr. Newman is author of dozens of articles and chapters and coauthor of four books, as well as an international lecturer on topics relating to cognitive therapy. Dr. Newman is the moderator of the cognitive–behavioral panel of the Psychological Broadcasting Corporation, providing APA-approved continuing education symposia over the Internet.

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, earned his doctorate at Yale University. He is the editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly and president-elect of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. Dr. Leahy is on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His recent books include Cognitive Therapy: Basic Principles and Applications; Practicing Cognitive Therapy: A Guide to Interventions; Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (with Stephen Holland); and Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Leahy is the director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York ( and clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry of Weill-Cornell University Medical College, Ithaca, NY.

Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Brown University (1942) and Yale Medical School (1946). The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he is the only psychiatrist to receive research awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. The author or coauthor of over 400 articles, he has recently published a new book, Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility and Violence. He is president of the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy.

Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, PhD, is an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and is on the staff of the Harvard Bipolar Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Dr. Reilly-Harrington is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has received research awards from the Society for Research in Psychopathology, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and Massachusetts General Hospital for her work examining the role of life stress and cognition on the course of bipolar mood disorders. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topic of cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder and is a Pathway Leader for the National Institute of Mental Health's Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder.

Laszlo Gyulai, MD, is associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Bipolar Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He graduated summa cum laude from Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary, and joined the University of Pennsylvania Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1980, where he conducted research and published on brain neurochemistry using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in 1989. He has published on novel treatments of and on brain imaging and lithium magnetic resonance spectroscopy for bipolar disorder. He has conducted clinical trials with new medications for the treatment of bipolar disorder.