Bipolar Disorder and Goal-Setting


Researchers at the UCs Berkley and San Francisco, and the University of Miami, suggest in a paper in Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy that bipolar disorder is “related to a greater emphasis on reaching goals and also a problematic reactivity to reaching those highly desired goals.”

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Johnson, S. Fulford, D. Carver, C. The Double-Edged Sword of Goal Engagement: Consequences of Goal Pursuit in Bipolar Disorder, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, published online May 21, 2012


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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]