Mood swings of bipolar patients can be predicted, study shows

“Individuals who believed extreme things about their moods – for example that their moods were completely out of their own control or that they had to keep active all the time to prevent becoming a failure – developed more mood problems in a month’s time,” said study lead Dr Warren Mansell, in Manchester’s School of Psychological Sciences.

“In contrast, people with bipolar disorder who could let their moods pass as a normal reaction to stress or knew they could manage their mood, faired well a month later. These findings are encouraging for talking therapies – such as CBT – that aim to help patients to talk about their moods and change their thinking about them.”

via Mood swings of bipolar patients can be predicted, study shows | bphope.

I wonder how they controlled for the possibility of accurate self-assessments?

In other words, someone who actually did know that their moods were out of their control would be more likely to have an episode in the coming month?

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