Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Bipolar Depression.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The gold standard for treating bipolar depression is based on the combination of mood stabilizers and psychotherapy. Therefore, the authors present evidence-based models and promising approaches for psychotherapy for bipolar depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, family focused therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy are discussed. Behavioral activation, the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy, and the unified protocol as promising future directions are presented. This review informs medical providers of the most appropriate referral guidelines for psychotherapy for bipolar depression. The authors conclude with a decision tree delineating optimal referrals to each psychotherapy approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McMahon, K; Herr, NR; Zerubavel, N; Hoertel, N; Neacsiu, AD

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 56

PubMed ID

  • 26876317

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3147

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.psc.2015.09.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States