Pseudomanic-depressive illness and cognitive-behavior therapy

J Nerv Ment Dis. 1980 Jun;168(6):382-4.


A history of manic or hypomanic symptoms is not pathognomonic of manic-depressive illness (MDI). The authors present a patient in whom manic symptoms probably did not represent MDI, but were part and parcel of a struggle to adapt to the omnipresent threat of death. During the course of brief cognitive-behavioral treatment, the patient experienced rapid and significant improvements without medication. He has remained symptom free since termination.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder / psychology
  • Bipolar Disorder / therapy*
  • Cognition*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male