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How does therapy help bipolar disorder?

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Ongoing psychotherapy helps you understand and accept the personal and social effects of past episodes and better deal with future ones. Several specific forms can speed recovery and improve how well you handle your life, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal/social rhythm therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Routine psychotherapy also helps people, especially teens, stay on their medications.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5. 

Kupfer, J. (editor). Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide., Current Psychiatry, 2004. 

Geddes, JR. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004. 

McElroy SL. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

Sidor, MM. Curr Psychiatry Rep., 2012 Dec. 

Tohen, M. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2003

Tränkner, A. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., 2013.

Salvi, V. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2008. 

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5. 

Kupfer, J. (editor). Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide., Current Psychiatry, 2004. 

Geddes, JR. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004. 

McElroy SL. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

Sidor, MM. Curr Psychiatry Rep., 2012 Dec. 

Tohen, M. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2003

Tränkner, A. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., 2013.

Salvi, V. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2008. 

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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