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A perspective on the use of psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy for bipolar patients
Article first published online: 12 NOV 2004
Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 480–486, December 2004
How to Cite
Colom, F. and Vieta, E. (2004), A perspective on the use of psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy for bipolar patients. Bipolar Disorders, 6: 480–486. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-5618.2004.00136.x
- Issue published online: 12 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 12 NOV 2004
- Received 27 August 2003, revised and accepted for publication 25 June 2004
- bipolar disorder;
Objectives: Although pharmacological treatment is at present essential for treating bipolar patients, a number of psychological interventions have recently been shown to be efficacious as add-on therapies for the prophylactic treatment of bipolar illness. The study aimed critically to examine the efficacy of several tested patient-focused therapies.
Methods: A systematic review of the literature on this topic was performed, using MEDLINE, PSYCLIT and CURRENT CONTENTS. ‘Bipolar’, ‘Psychotherapy’, ‘Psychoeducation’, ‘Interpersonal’ and ‘Cognitive-behavioral’ were entered as keywords.
Results: To date, psychoeducation and cognitive-behavioral therapy are the psychological interventions that have been shown to be more efficacious in the prophylaxis of new recurrences. There remains a need for studies investigating the role and efficacy of psychological interventions during acute phases of the illness.
Conclusions: As their therapeutic goals are complementary, a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy may allow patients to achieve better symptomatic and functional recovery. Further research is needed to determine which patients may be better candidates for psychological interventions and to estimate the relative effects of the different components of psychological approaches on outcome.