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Can psychotherapy help with bipolar depression?

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Along with medications for bipolar depression, patients may benefit from ongoing psychotherapy. This one-on-one therapy combines interpersonal psychotherapy with behavioral techniques to help patients learn how to more effectively manage interpersonal problems, stay on their medications, and normalize their lifestyle habits. One study found that in addition to medications, adding a structured psychotherapy -- such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal/social rhythm therapy, or family-focused therapy -- can speed up treatment response in bipolar depression by as much as 150%.

From: Treating Bipolar Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD).

American Psychiatric Association: "2002 Practice Guidelines."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD).

American Psychiatric Association: "2002 Practice Guidelines."

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

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