Maybe it's because they aren't residual symptoms
They can be unhappy, have interpersonal problems, or have personality issues that have absolutely nothing to do with bipolar disorder. So of course psychotherapy can help then. On the other hand, try doing psychotherapy with someone in a full blown manic state, or in a severe depression with marked mental slowing (psychomotor retardation). I dare you.
What hath Whitaker wrought?
5/1/13. Concerns Mount Over Anti-Psychotic Drug Spending In California Prisons.
5/7/13. According to a new article in Psychiatric Services, clinicians are often called upon to assess patients’ violence risk, and many researchers are focused on developing accurate tools for this purpose. Why not ask the patients themselves? The lead article describes a study in which clinicians did just that. They interviewed inpatients who were considered to pose a high risk of violence, using two well-regarded tools to rate the patients’ violence potential. They also asked the patients to rate their own risk. Patients’ ratings were fairly accurate in predicting violent behavior two months after hospital discharge—more accurate than predictions based on the two clinical tools.