For a look at all of the psychotherapies for bipolar disorders, see my overview. Here you’ll find a description of the most recently studied approach, it’s great results, and how to show your therapist…. how to do it!
CBT-IB: Results (to tempt you)
Dig this: the “control” group was given PsychoEducation, which has been shown to be very, very helpful in getting good outcomes. PsychoEducation was as good as regular old bipolar CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). So this new therapy, CBT-IB, was competing against a very effective therapy. Here are the results:
(if you don’t want to figure out the graph: CBT-IB beats PsychoEducation, big time. Jump to the next section.) In this study, everyone starts out well . The therapy is supposed to keep them that way, prevent relapse into deprssion or mania/hypomania. Blurry, yes, but just look at how well CBT-IB, in red, prevents recurrences compared to an effective psychotherapy : down is good (everyone was getting medications as needed, that was separate).
Short summary: for prevention of relapse, this new CBT-IB beats one of the most effective psychotherapies.
More, pending…. [August 19, 2017]
The research study: Allison Harvey and colleagues
The four-page manual: CBT-IB manual