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Mood Disorders: Unipolar Disorders And Bipolar Disorders

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According to, “The majority of mood disorders fall into two categories. Unipolar disorders involve depression only, whereas bipolar disorders involve episodes of elevated mood of varying severity (mania or hypomania), typically in addition to episodes of depression.” Therefore, to explain further, there are two types of Mood Disorders, Unipolar Disorders, which involve depression only, and Bipolar Disorders, which involve elevated moods and periods of depression. In this article, I will provide statistics on Unipolar Disorders and Bipolar Disorders and the effect of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on both Unipolar Disorders and Bipolar Disorders.

What Do The Statistics Show?

According to, Unipolar Disorders are common in about 20% of women and 10% of men. In addition, Bipolar Disorders occur in about 1 to 2% of the population and occur equally among males and females.

What Is The Effect Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy On Unipolar Disorders And Bipolar Disorders?

There is evidence that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective type of therapy for both Unipolar Disorders and Bipolar Disorders.

According to, the following can be noted about treating Unipolar Disorders with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) also appears to be efficacious in treating depression, and recent studies suggest that it can work for even severe depressions in the hands of experienced therapists. Not only can CBT relieve acute distress, but it also appears to reduce risk for the return of symptoms as long as it is continued or maintained. Moreover, it appears to have an enduring effect that reduces risk for relapse or recurrence long after treatment is over. Combined treatment with medication and CBT appears to be as efficacious as treatment with medication alone and to retain the enduring effects of CBT.

Therefore, a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and medication is an effective treatment method for Unipolar Disorders.

According to, the following information can be noted about Bipolar Disorders and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Mood stabilizers like lithium or the anticonvulsants form the core treatment for bipolar disorder, but there is a growing recognition that the outcomes produced by modern pharmacology are not sufficient. Both IPT and CBT show promise as adjuncts to medication with such patients.

In other words, in addition to medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be considered an effective treatment method for Bipolar Disorders.


Mood Disorders can range from Unipolar Disorders to Bipolar Disorders. In addition, as mentioned in this article, these types of disorders can be treated with therapy, in addition to medication, as well.


Mood Disorders: Unipolar Disorders And Bipolar Disorders

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). Mood Disorders: Unipolar Disorders And Bipolar Disorders. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from


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