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Psychotherapy in bipolar disorder.

A/Professor Carolyn Quadrio

Bipolar disorder is highly topical and the emphasis of treatment is generally on medication. The author presents, as a counterpoint to that approach, the experience of an intensive psychotherapy over four years with a 35 year old woman whose various diagnoses included rapid cycling bipolar disorder and had been treated over several years with a range of psychotropic medications, cognitive psychotherapy and several courses of ECT. Her illness was severe and relapsing, episodes were predominantly of major depression and there was a significant risk of suicide. She was referred to a specialist unit for mood disorders where she was eventually assessed as treatment resistant and after lengthy consultation with several experts she was finally recommended for leucotomy. At that stage a trial of intensive psychotherapy was undertaken by the author.

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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A/Professor Carolyn Quadrio

Carolyn Quadrio is Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and practises in Psychotherapy and Forensic and Child and Family Psychiatry.  She was formerly Chairperson of the RANZCP Binational Committee for Advanced Training in Psychotherapy and Director of Mental Health Services with Corrections Health Service in New South Wales.  She is well known as a teacher of marital and family and individual psychotherapy and introduced a masters programme in psychotherapy at UNSW in 1989.  Her major research has been on: sexual abuse of patients in therapy; the long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse; and women in psychiatry - as patients and as practitioners.   Her current interests are in the role of childhood trauma in relationship to personality development and adult psychiatric dysfunction and domestic violence and its impact on children.  Her publications include: Women Working and Training in Australian Psychiatry.  Glebe, NSW: Bookhouse, 2001.  

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