Chapter 31. Psychoeducation as a Core Element of Psychological Approaches for Bipolar Disorders

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham3 and
  2. Mario Maj4
  1. Francesc Colom1 and
  2. Lesley Berk2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch31

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Colom, F. and Berk, L. (2010) Psychoeducation as a Core Element of Psychological Approaches for Bipolar Disorders, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Bipolar Disorders Program, Clinical Institute of Neuroscience, IDIBAPS-CIBERSAM, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

  2. 2

    ORYGEN Research Centre and Department Clinical & Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • psychoeducation, core element of psychological approaches for bipolar disorders;
  • bipolar disorder, biological illness - deserving proper pharmacological treatment;
  • ‘Psychoeducation’ - active and didactic presentation of information about illness and ways to treat it;
  • psychoeducation, information-based behavioural training - adjusting lifestyle to cope with bipolar disorder;
  • psychoeducation, in different settings - involving individuals or groups;
  • psychoeducation, aimed at caregivers - reinforcing patient's positive behaviour towards illness;
  • group psychoeducation, efficacy in complex patients - fulfilling criteria for comorbid personality disorder;
  • Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) - general psychoeducation component and bipolar-tailored reformulation of former Interpersonal Therapy (IPT);
  • National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC);
  • evidence-based adjunctive psychoeducation treatments - for bipolar disorder


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychoeducation in bipolar disorders: state of the art

  • What is psychoeducation?

  • Growth of evidence-based psychoeducational approaches

  • Ingredients of psychoeducation

  • Practical considerations when implementing a psychoeducation group

  • Conclusions

  • References