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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

CBT and Bipolar mood swings

Previously Bi-polar disorder (or 'Manic depression') was thought to be largely biologically or genetically based, meaning there was little that patients could do about their mood swings other than medication.

However researchers at Manchester and Lancaster Universities have found that mood swings can be predicted by patient's thoughts and behaviour. This finding is significant as it opens the door for therapy techniques such as CBT to be used effectively.

"Individuals who believed extreme things about their moods, for example that their moods were completely out of their own control or that they had to keep active all the time to prevent becoming a failure, developed more mood problems in a month's time. In contrast, people with bipolar disorder who could let their moods pass as a normal reaction to stress or knew they could manage their mood, faired well a month later." said study lead Dr Warren Mansell.

This is obviously encouraging for CBT as it aims to help patients talk about their moods and change their thinking about them. A new CBT method known as TEAMS (Think Effectively About Mood Swings) is currently under development at the University of Manchester.

Anybody interested in the SDS CBT course can find it here:

Our June course is already fully booked so make sure you book September now to avoid disappointment!

Also to be released soon is our new range of CBT Training Series! So please keep an eye out of upcoming information!

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