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Contents Page Foreword ..............................................................................................................................3 Executive summary...............................................................................................................4 Note on terminology ..........................................................................................................10 Part 1:

Understanding the bipolar disorders .............................................................11 Section 1: What is bipolar disorder? ..............................................................11 Section 2: How common are these experiences? ...........................................15 Section 3: Development impact and course of pipolar .................................18 Section 4: Problems with ‘diagnosis’ in mental health ..................................21

Part 2:

Causes

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Section 5: Life/social circumstances and bipolar ..........................................24 Section 6: Psychological factors in bipolar experiences ................................26 Section 7: Biological factors in bipolar disorders...........................................28 Part 3:

Help and treatment .........................................................................................31 Section 8: Assessment ......................................................................................31 Section 9: Self management ...........................................................................35 Section 10: Psychological therapies for bipolar experiences ........................37 Section 11: Medication ....................................................................................40 Section 12: Risk and bipolar experiences.......................................................44

Part 4:

Recovery .........................................................................................................47 Section 13: Recovery and staying well with bipolar disorder.........................47

Part 5:

Wider implications ...........................................................................................52 Section 14: Implications for mental health services ......................................52 Section 15: Social inclusion .............................................................................62

Appendix ............................................................................................................................68 References ..........................................................................................................................71

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder  

This report was written by a working party of clinical psychologists who were chosen because of their particular expertise on the subject of...

Understanding Bipolar Disorder  

This report was written by a working party of clinical psychologists who were chosen because of their particular expertise on the subject of...