What is the theory behind this Therapy Worksheet for Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder characterised by exaggerated mood swings that are both intense and unpredictable. People with bipolar disorder experience ‘high’ mood symptoms called the manic phase and ‘low’ mood symptoms which is the depressive phase. They significantly impact one’s functioning, even becoming life threatening at some point. Along with the therapeutic treatments people with bipolar are also prescribed medications, the adherence to which is crucial to manage the ill-effects of their condition.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help clients with bipolar disorder to compile a list of their medications, the prescribed doses, any side effects and notes on its effectiveness. This medication record can help their therapist immensely in changing, continuing or discontinuing medications as needed. It can also be helpful information for mental health emergency crisis plans or in case of changing therapists.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet can be used for new clients that have already been treated previously by some other therapist or it can also be used for current clients to help them keep a record of their medications so that any necessary changes can be reported immediately. Instruct the client to fill the table as needed.
Therapy Worksheet for Bipolar Disorder
Medication adherence is an integral part of your road to recovery. Along with using a medication compliance chart, use the worksheet below to note down important information about the medications you have used in the past and the ones you have been assigned currently.
|UseC (Current use)P (Past use)|
Dosage and Intake
Side-effects, if any
Comments on effectiveness
Berk, L., Hallam, K. T., Colom, F., Vieta, E., Hasty, M., Macneil, C., & Berk, M. (2010). Enhancing medication adherence in patients with bipolar disorder. Human psychopharmacology, 25(1), 1–16.
You can download this worksheet here.