Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Bipolar Patients
Dr. Greg Murray, a Swinburne Psychology Clinic researcher, has been doing studies on several Australian and international research projects that are looking at the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to medication for bipolar patients. In his studies, he’s found that therapy is extremely valuable, improving patient’s symptoms, as well as their quality of life.
He found that cognitive therapies can help patients to become aware of their mood changes, identify thoughts that create their issues and explore the meanings behind these thoughts. Therapy also helped bipolar patients to engage socially and live more productive lives.
Dr. Murray hopes that his research will help to keep clinical psychologist funds available through Medicare. Currently, Medicare rebates are available for bipolar patients who want to receive cognitive behavioral therapy, though psychological services may be under review. Dr. Murray says he hopes that Medicare keeps these services available for those that need them.
He will be presenting his findings at the Reconnexion national conference in Melbourne in April 2008.
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