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Psychoeducation for bipolar disorder

  • Daniel Smith, Ian Jones and Sharon Simpson
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Bipolar disorder is a complex disorder of mood and behaviour that requires a multimodal treatment approach. In the past 10 years there has been growing interest in psychoeducational interventions delivered as adjuncts to conventional management. Several studies have tested the effectiveness of psychoeducational treatments delivered in a variety of formats. In this article we assess the evidence for the efficacy of these interventions and consider the likely future role of structured psychoeducational treatments in clinical practice.

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Daniel Smith, Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Monmouth House, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4DW, UK. Email: SmithDJ3@Cardiff.ac.uk
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Declaration of Interest

The authors are involved in developing interactive psychoeducational materials for bipolar disorder, including BeatingBipolar.org and Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (BEP-Cymru).

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  • Daniel Smith, Ian Jones and Sharon Simpson
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