Thinking-feeling-doing: A therapeutic technique for children with bipolar disorder and their parents

Mary A. Fristad, Kristen H. Davidson, Jarrod M. Leffler

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Little is known about psychosocial interventions for children with bipolar disorder (BPD). In this paper, we describe a therapeutic technique, Thinking-Feeling-Doing (TFD), which we use as part of a comprehensive family-based psychosocial treatment program for children with BPD and their families. It is based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy. A simple schemata assists children and their parents to identify and link their negative feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and to develop alternative thoughts and behaviors that can lead to a more positive mood state. A case example is provided and developmental considerations for using TFD with younger children are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-103
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 22 2008


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Children
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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