Psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder: Perspective from the behavioral approach system (BAS) dysregulation theory

Robin Nusslock*, Lyn Abramson, Eddie Harmon-Jones, Lauren Alloy, James Coan

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Abstract

Research has emerged providing consistent support for the behavioral approach system (BAS) dysregulation theory of bipolar disorder. The objective of the current article was to examine the extent to which findings from the BAS dysregulation theory can inform psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder. Toward this end, we first provide an overview of the BAS dysregulation theory. Second, we review extant research on psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder. And, third, we discuss means by which research and theory in line with the BAS dysregulation model can inform psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder. Particular attention is given to the clinical implications of research, suggesting that bipolar disorder is characterized by high drive/incentive motivation, ambitious goal-setting, and perfectionism in the achievement domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-469
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Keywords

  • Behavioral approach system
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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