This innovative manual presents a powerful approach for helping people manage bipolar illness and protect against the recurrence of manic or depressive episodes. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy focuses on stabilizing moods by improving medication adherence, building coping skills and relationship satisfaction, and shoring up the regularity of daily rhythms or routines. Each phase of this flexible, evidence-based treatment is vividly detailed, from screening, assessment, and case conceptualization through acute therapy, maintenance treatment, and periodic booster sessions. Among the special features are reproducible assessment tools and a chapter on how to overcome specific treatment challenges.
This title is part of the Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment Series, edited by Jacqueline B. Persons.
"This book is a welcome and needed contribution for treatment of one of the most challenging mental disorders....Ellen Frank's groundbreaking work in disruption of circadian rhythms now offers all those who work with bipolar illness an evidence-based psychological therapy. It is a strongly recommended read for prescribers and therapists and a must read for graduate students or new graduates beginning practice since case studies are used for illustration of therapeutic concepts."
-Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"The writing throughout the volume is cogent, coherent, and comprehensive....The work is particularly useful for non-psychiatric clinicians who treat individuals with bipolar disorder in collaboration with a psychiatrist. Dr. Frank's systematic approach is recommended to every practicing psychiatrist committed to holistic care of patients with bipolar disorder. The author's passion and commitment to the patient with bipolar disorder and their loved ones are evident throughout this well-conceived model of care."
"Valuable to clinicians with varied levels of expertise....Useful for seasoned practitioners who wish to expand their repertoire of treatment skills for bipolar disorder to stabilization of social rhythms."
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
Introduction: Where Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy Came From
1. The Patients
2. Empirically Supported Theories of Bipolar Disorder and the Etiology of Bipolar Episodes
3. Empirically Supported Therapies for Bipolar Disorder
4. A Brief Overview of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
5. Assessment of Bipolar Disorders and Common Comorbidities
6. The Individualized Case Formulation: History Taking and the Interpersonal Inventory
7. Orienting the Patient to Treatment and Individualized Treatment Planning
8. Symptom Management: Stabilizing Social Rhythms and Behavioral Activation
9. Intervening in Interpersonal Problem Areas
10. Intervening: Other Useful Interventions
11. Monitoring Progress and Enhancing Treatment Adherence
12. The Therapeutic Relationship in Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
13. Poor Outcome and How to Handle It
14. Tapering or Concluding Treatment
About the Author:
Ellen Frank, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Dr. Frank's work focuses on the treatment of mood disorders, with particular emphasis on the prevention of recurrence. She is the author of over 350 journal articles, books, and book chapters.