Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach, 2nd by David J. Miklowitz

By David J. Miklowitz

Family-focused psychoeducational therapy (FFT) is between a really small variety of psychosocial remedies which were chanced on to be powerful in a number of stories to enhance the process bipolar ailment. This critical advisor describes tips to enforce FFT with grownup and adolescent sufferers and their relatives. supplied are functional systems for supporting households comprehend the character of bipolar sickness, develop their conversation abilities, remedy daily difficulties, and decrease the chance and severity of relapse. The ebook contains cutting-edge wisdom at the disorder and its organic and psychosocial administration. greater than a dozen reproducible handouts are incorporated.

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As compared with patients in the CM condition, participants in FFT (both patients and key relatives) showed dramatic increases from pre- to posttreatment in the frequency of positive communication, as assessed in laboratory-based family problem-solving interactions. They showed increases in communication behaviors such as self-disclosures of feelings, statements of support to other members of the family, paraphrasing of each other’s ideas, and statements intended to help define and solve problems.

The three core modules of FFT (psychoeducation, CET, and problem-solving training) are each designed to help the patient and family to develop appropriate expectations for the patient’s functioning in the aftermath of an episode, expectations that will change with different stages of recovery. There is evidence that adding psychotherapy to medication can enhance the life functioning of the person with bipolar disorder. , 2007a). The Topography of Manic and Depressive Episodes As you know if you work with patients with bipolar disorder, manic and depressive episodes do not just appear one day.

For example, how do we know if the mood fluctuations we see in a presumed bipolar patient are, in fact, more clearly attributable to comorbid Axis II disorders, substance abuse, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The diagnosis is often of great concern to patients and family members. Although it may make little difference to close family members whether their ill relative has bipolar I or bipolar II disorder, they may have questions such as whether ingestion of a street drug was central to the etiology of the mood condition (which, in DSM-IV, would change the diagnosis to substance-induced mood disorder).

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