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Issue: Issue 3 (2016)

Review Article

A review on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy for bipolar affective disorder

Tânia Abreu
Objective: Bipolar Affective Disorder (BD) is a chronic disease with major impact on patients’ functioning and quality of life. In recent years, there has been a greater investment in psychosocial interventions as adjunctive treatment. The present article intends to gather information about the effectiveness of Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT) for BD. 
Methods: Literature search on PubMed database. 
Results: CBT has demonstrated positive results on BD, mainly, reducing recurrence rates, number and duration of episodes, hospitalizations and frequency of mood symptoms, and improving treatment compliance and global functioning. 
Conclusions: The use of CBT for BD has evident benefits. Investment in this area is undoubtedly critical.

Keywords: Cognitive-behavioural therapy, Bipolar disorder, Psychosocial interventions, Mood disorders, Psychotherapy.

International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health 2016; 3:6
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21035/ijcnmh.2016.3.6
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