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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Bipolar Disorder


What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?  How can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy be applied to Bipolar Disorder?  This article will describe what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is.  It will also describe specific techniques that can be used to treat Bipolar Disorder.

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

What is CBT?  According to, the following information can be stated about CBT:

CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself.

One important part of CBT is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.

CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, but it isn’t defined by its use of these strategies. We do lots of problem solving and we borrow from many psychotherapeutic modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, Gestalt therapy, compassion focused therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, interpersonal psychotherapy, and when it comes to personality disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy.

What Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques Can Be Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder?

Accepting Your Diagnosis

According to, the first CBT technique for Bipolar Disorder is acceptance.  You are unique in your own special way, whether or not you have Bipolar Disorder.  Embrace that.  Do not be ashamed of it.  According to, the following can be noted:

Accepting your diagnosis. The first step is to understand and acknowledge that you have a disorder that’s responsible for your symptoms. This is often difficult for people with bipolar disorder to accept, so teaching the signs, symptoms, causes, and course of the disorder is essential. It helps people embrace the idea of getting help while also knowing they’re not alone, Rego says.

Stablizing Your Routine

According to, the second technique to managing symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder is to stabilize your routine.  Stabilizing your routine can prevent hypomanic and manic episodes and stabilize your mood.  According to, the following can be stated about stabilizing your routine as a treatment for Bipolar Disorder:

Stabilizing your routine. Engaging in activities on a regular and predictable basis establishes a rhythm to your day, which helps stabilize your mood. Examples include exercising in the early afternoon, setting a consistent sleep and mealtime schedule, making social plans, and doing chores around the house.


This article has provided readers with various techniques, including accepting your diagnosis and stabilizing your routine, to provide treatment for Bipolar Disorder.  Give it a try.



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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Bipolar Disorder

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. (2017). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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