Bipolar Disorder II: A review

Lithium is the current gold standard for the pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder
Lithium is the current gold standard for the pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder. Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/home_of_chaos/4928878371

This post will look at Bipolar Disorder (BD) and where possible focus on the variant Bipolar Disorder II. It will examine its genetic and psychosocial aetiologies, and consider its diagnosis and treatment. A brief visit will be paid to online spaces for treatment. The post will conclude that Bipolar Disorder is a pernicious illness but that hope remains for the sufferer that with good management and strong support they can lead a productive life.

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The sacred and the profane

Can you reprogram her?
Can psychology reprogram people? Or just help them adapt better to their environment? Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/hikingartist/6996819236

 

How Christianity and psycho-therapy can work together to bring about healing and change

 

I’m a sceptic.

I came into this degree with the jaundiced eye of one who believes that spirituality has no place in the modern psychotherapist’s armoury. But my eyes have been partly cleared to see that there is a place for the Spirit-filled counsellor in today’s world. This post will consider the various factors that brought me to this new place of integration and understanding.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and me

CBT (although I'm not talking about a bank)
CBT (although I’m not talking about a bank)

This post will look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), its background, its theoretical standpoints and its cohesion or otherwise with Christianity. To end, this post will consider how it can be applied to my own psychological challenge/disability—bipolar disorder.

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Case study: A power dilemma

The Church is having a hard time with homosexuality
Diablo. Flickr: flickr.com/photos/notunlike/728065107

Case study:

A client is referred to you by a senior leader/pastor within your national church organisation.

Context: The church leader has been working with 23-year-old Michael for six months striving to help him overcome his same-sex attraction. Michael is desperate to be straight and thinks he should find a loving, female partner. The church leader and Michael’s local church community have been very supportive of him in his quest.

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