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 stumbled on to be potent in a number of experiences to enhance the process bipolar illness. This vital advisor describes tips to enforce FFT with grownup and adolescent sufferers and their kinfolk. supplied are sensible strategies for assisting households comprehend the character of bipolar ailment, advance their conversation talents, clear up daily difficulties, and decrease the danger and severity of relapse. The ebook comprises state of the art wisdom at the disease and its organic and psychosocial administration. greater than a dozen reproducible handouts are incorporated.

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Finally, families of patients with unremitting courses of illness (including but not limited to rapid cycling) are most vulnerable to the “personality versus disorder” disagreements described in Chapter 1. That is, if the patient’s symptoms endure long enough, family members have difficulty in distinguishing symptoms from preillness character attributes. In fact, family members often report that the patient has always been moody, irritable, hyperactive, or morose, even before he or she came to the attention of the mental health profession.

Marjorie also reluctantly admitted that she herself had had several episodes of depression, and that her husband’s father had committed suicide. The physician introduced lithium carbonate into the treatment regimen, and Cathy began to improve. The differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder is very difficult to make. The boundaries between bipolar and other disorders have been debated for years, and although our diagnostic criteria have improved, it is still unclear where the disorder ends and other disorders begin.

Childhood Indicators of Risk Mood swings are often observable from early childhood. , 1983). One study found evidence among high-risk children—as young as age 2—of increased aggressiveness, difficulty with empathy for other children, and overconcern about the emotional discomfort of their parents (Zahn-Waxler, McKnew, Cummings, Davenport, & Radke-Yarrow, 1984). Thus, in addition to being emotionally labile, children who are genetically at risk for bipolar disorder may learn to become caretakers of their ill parents from a very young age (see the example of Cathy).

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