Cognitive-behavioral therapy for bipolar disorders in adolescents: A pilot study

Norah C. Feeny, Carla Kmett Danielson, Lisa Schwartz, Eric A. Youngstrom, Robert L. Findling

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Objectives: To develop a cognitive behavioral intervention for adolescents with bipolar disorders, test its feasibility and preliminary efficacy. Methods: Based on existing research, a manualized, individually delivered cognitive behavioral intervention was developed and tested with adolescents with bipolar disorders as an adjunct to pharmacological treatment. Using existing data, baseline characteristics and outcome were compared to a matched group of eight adolescents with bipolar disorders who did not receive any psychosocial intervention. Results: Preliminary results support the feasibility and efficacy of this manualized cognitive behavioral intervention. Conclusion: Individually delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as an adjunct to pharmacological treatment is feasible and associated with symptom improvement in adolescents with bipolar disorders. Randomized controlled studies are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-515
Number of pages8
JournalBipolar Disorders
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Bipolar disorder
  • CBT-cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Psychosocial intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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