CBT for Bipolar I Patients (Students Ask Dr. Beck – Part TEN)

Dr.  Aaron Beck describes how cognitive behavior therapy  has been applied to Bipolar I Patients. He begins by explaining the development of scales for measuring symptoms, and then discusses techniques which therapist’s can implement when approaching mania, insomnia, and maladaptive behaviors.

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  1. Daniel Bader
    Daniel Bader says:

    I found this video very interesting. I have bipolar disorder and I have also received treatment with CBT, but it was limited in term. So, I apply the techniques on my own now. I’ve personally found that CBT can be quite helpful with my anxiety and also my depression (the latter to a lesser extent). However, I’ve not had much success with self-application during manic or even hypomanic phases.

    This video implies that the treatment involves a therapist helping with specific manic ideas, and perhaps that is the problem with self-application. Because mania and hypomania also take away the sense that anything is wrong, it’s not so much that CBT wouldn’t work on those phases, but that I don’t see the point in applying it at the time. After all, that I’m fine is a part of my symptoms.

    What this indicates to me is that the use of CBT during manic phases would require ongoing treatment, rather than the limited and self-applied treatment that I learned.

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