A new report from the British Psychological Society entitled “Understanding Bipolar Disorder” suggests that viewing bipolar disorder solely as an illness with a biological basis may not be the most effective approach. The report seeks to re-establish a balance of biological and behavioral. Here’s a summary:
This report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about why some people tend to experience periods of extreme mood and what can help. Much has been written about the biological aspects of bipolar disorders: this report aims to redress the balance by concentrating on the psychological aspects, both in terms of how we understand the problems and also approaches to help and treatment. We hope this report will influence the way in which services are delivered, so that more people have access to psychological treatments and that services will no longer insist that users accept one particular view of their problem.
Please check out the report and let us know what you think.
Added later: Although the report is free, you must register for a free account, login, add the report to your basket, and then proceed through the checkout process, but you won’t be prompted to enter a credit card number or anything like that.
After checking out, you’ll see a receipt showing that you’ve been charged nothing and providing a link you can click to download the report in PDF format. The report is 88 pages long.
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