CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION PROCESS: AN OVERVIEW OF MELINA ANGLE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER
The use of Cognitive Behavioral therapy in treatment of patients of Bipolar disorder has been well documentated. The psycho educational form of CBT and its use in increasing levels of compliance compliance to pharmacological treatment while preventing relapses in depression has made it a tool of choice in treatment of Bipolar disorder. It is a useful tool aimed at improving the quality of life of the patient , early symptom recognition, and reduction in relapses, depression and maniac conditions, Fransisco, M.,Juruena, P.(2012). Kerk et al., (19898) showed that treatment and resolution of bipolar disorder(BD) is characterized by poor patient outcomes despite using mood stabilizers regularly.
In the case of Melina Angle, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder sometime after after its onset because she had symptoms as early as 28 years in their marriage. This disorder had a marked effects in her life sending her into depression and alternating moods of guilt, sadness, hopelessness and apathy. She also developed loss of interest in activities which she previously enjoyed and had problems with her concentration. All this reduced her quality of life and made her not achieve some of her set goals like completing her MBA course. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar and started on medications to treat the condition. She also started attending counseling sessions in order to aid her treatment.
In Melina’s case, Cognitive behavioral therapy was used as an adjunct to her pharmacological medications. The aim was to utilize CBT to enhance adherence to medications, and also to enhance early detection and symptoms recognition, lifestyle and stress management,CBT would also invove the treatment of other associated conditions for example depression and bipolar disorder. Other strategies included enhancing of family support...