, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 186–191 | Cite as

Mindfulness-Based Approaches in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: Potential Mechanisms and Effects

  • Tania PerichEmail author
  • Vijaya Manicavasagar
  • Philip B. Mitchell
  • Jillian R. Ball


Mindfulness-based approaches are popular in the treatment of a variety of psychiatric disorders. This article examines how mindfulness-based inventions may assist in the management of bipolar disorder and in addressing common comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders. We also examine how mindfulness mediation may ameliorate cognitive deficits associated with bipolar disorder and reduce the impact of stress in managing day-to-day life events. Initial results of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy studies for those with bipolar disorder are promising; however, further research is needed to examine the efficacy of these approaches in the long term management of this disorder.


Mindfulness MBCT Bipolar disorder Psychotherapy 



The project has been funded by an NHMRC program grant (No. 222708 and 510135).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tania Perich
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vijaya Manicavasagar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philip B. Mitchell
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jillian R. Ball
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychiatryUniversity of NSWRandwickAustralia
  2. 2.Black Dog InstituteRandwickAustralia

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