The role of psychotherapy in bipolar disorder

Lauder, Sue D., Berk, Michael, Castle, David J., Dodd, Seetal and Berk, Lesley 2010, The role of psychotherapy in bipolar disorder, Medical journal of australia, vol. 193, no. 4, pp. 31-35.

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Title The role of psychotherapy in bipolar disorder
Author(s) Lauder, Sue D.
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Castle, David J.
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Berk, LesleyORCID iD for Berk, Lesley
Journal name Medical journal of australia
Volume number 193
Issue number 4
Start page 31
End page 35
Total pages 5
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-08-16
ISSN 0025-729X
Summary • Adjunctive psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder target many of the issues that are not addressed by medication alone, including non-adherence, efficacy–effectiveness gap and functionality.

• Psychosocial interventions have been found to reduce relapse, particularly for the depressive pole, and improve functionality.

• Approaches such as psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, and family therapy have shown benefits as adjunctive treatments.

• Each of the various psychosocial interventions has a unique emphasis, but they share common elements. These include: providing information and education; developing a personal understanding of the illness, such as triggers and early warning signs; having prepared strategies in place for early intervention, should symptoms of illness develop; and promoting a collaborative approach.

• Evidence to date supports the use of adjunctive psychosocial interventions in the management of bipolar disorder.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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