directive therapy


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directive therapy

[də′rek·tiv ′ther·ə·pē]
(psychology)
A method of psychiatric treatment by which the therapist, assuming complete understanding of the patient's needs, endeavors to change the patient's attitudes, behavior, or mode of living.
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It describes background on and the features of bipolar disorder, theories and models, diagnosis and treatment indications, and treatment involving structured, directive therapy that is collaborative and client-centered, with discussion of considerations like managing suicide risk, substance misuse, and medication nonadherence.
For directive therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy the development of hierarchies is most important and interpretation of one's cognitive style is essential.
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