DIAGNOSIS: Bipolar Disorder

TREATMENT: Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Bipolar Disorder


  • Basic premise: "Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications."


Costa, R. T., Cheniaux, E., Rangé, B. P., Versiani, M., & Nardi, A.E. (2012). Group cognitive behavior therapy for bipolar disorder can improve the quality of life. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 45(9).

da Costa, R. T., Cheniaux, E., Roses, P. A. L., de Carvalho, M. R., Freire, R. C. R., Versiani, M., Rangé, B. P., & Nardi, A. E. (2011). The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy in treating bipolar disorder: a randomized controlled study. Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, 33(2).

Gomes, B. C., Abreu, L. N., Brietzke, E., Caetano, S. C., Kleinman, A., Nery, F. G., & Lafer, B. (2011). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral group therapy for bipolar disorder. Psychother Psychosom, 80, 144-150.

Janis, R. A., Burlingame, G. M., Svien, H., Jensen, J., & Lundgreen, R. (2021). Group therapy for mood disorders: A meta-analysis. Psychotherapy Research, 31(3), 342-358.