Cognitive–behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder

  title={Cognitive–behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder},
  author={Rafael Costa and Bernard Pimentel Rang{\'e} and Lucia Emmanoel Novaes Malagris and Aline Sardinha and Marcele Carvalho and Ant{\^o}nio Eg{\'i}dio Nardi},
  journal={Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics},
  pages={1089 - 1099}
Bipolar disorder is one of the most serious and prevalent psychiatric disorders. The aim of the present article is to review the efficiency of cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) for bipolar patients. Some studies show consistent evidence that cognitive therapy, concomitant to psycho-education and pharmacological treatment, offers efficacy in different phases of the disease. In most of the studies, patients undergoing CBT showed improvements in quality of life, with a reduction in both frequency… 
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