• 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.
Field of Research
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Socio Economic Objective
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences