Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: A Family-Focused Treatment by David J. Miklowitz PhD

By David J. Miklowitz PhD

Family-focused psychoeducational therapy (FFT) is between a truly small variety of psychosocial remedies which have been came upon to be potent in a number of reviews to enhance the process bipolar disease. This necessary consultant describes the way to enforce FFT with grownup and adolescent sufferers and their kin. supplied are sensible systems for supporting households comprehend the character of bipolar ailment, improve their verbal exchange talents, remedy day by day difficulties, and decrease the chance and severity of relapse. The e-book contains cutting-edge wisdom at the disease and its organic and psychosocial administration. greater than a dozen reproducible handouts are included.

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Family members know that something is quite wrong at this stage, and the alternative of hospitalization is considered. At this stage, family members experience a great deal of anxiety, worry, and feelings of helplessness. The manic person, however, loses insight and does not believe that anything is wrong, and can fight attempts to have his or her behavior constrained. Sometimes patients disappear at this stage, and family mem- The Nature of Bipolar Disorder 29 bers do not hear from them again until they have been picked up by the police and admitted to a hospital.

2 weeks). FFT was also associated with lower depression and mania severity scores over 2 years. Furthermore, patients in FFT were more likely to maintain adherence to their recommended mood-stabilizing medications than patients in CM. , 2003). In further analyses of this Colorado study, Simoneau, Miklowitz, Richards, Saleem, and George (1999) found that intrafamilial communication improved among patients and family members in FFT. 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.

Why can’t you just let me live my life? ” He or she may still sleep very little and spend money to excess. Moreover, the patient is in the difficult position of having to pay the price for the mistakes made during his or her episode. The “fun” of the manic episode is over, and its aftereffects are felt quite acutely in the form of ruined relationships, massive debts, and lost work opportunities. Adolescents coming off a manic high often realize they have damaged their peer and academic relationships beyond repair.

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