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The role of psychoeducation in the management of bipolar disorder 

The role of psychoeducation in the management of bipolar disorder
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The role of psychoeducation in the management of bipolar disorder
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Francesc Colom

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10.1093/med/9780198748625.003.0013
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date: 23 October 2019

Psychological interventions play a major role in the prophylaxis of recurrences in bipolar disorders, always as an add-on to pharmacological care as none of them works in monotherapy. So far, the evidence for psychotherapy in the management of acute episodes is very limited so its use should be constrained to prevention. A common aspect of the majority of psychological interventions tested in bipolar disorder is that they are much more efficacious for patients with a low number of episodes prior to the treatment. Interestingly, all the psychological interventions showing preventive efficacy share psychoeducative ingredients including illness awareness, adherence enhancement, habits regularity, and warning signs identification. Future directions of psychoeducation should enhance its implementation worldwide, probably by using newer technologies such as smartphone applications. However, these need a proper testing before being included in clinical routines.

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