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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 1.2 - Adjunctive Psychological Treatments in Adults with Bipolar Disorders

from Part 1 - An Introduction to Treatments

Summary

Considering the recurrent and chronic nature of bipolar disorder, optimal long-term management requires a preventive strategy that includes pharmacological treatments together with psychological therapies that have shown efficacy in bipolar disorder. Adjunctive psychological interventions, always as an added treatment to the pharmacological therapy, would ensure the effect of medication through the promotion of adherence to therapy regimen (MacDonald et al. 2016), which is often suboptimal in those with bipolar disorder (Levin et al. 2016), and would address other aspects that medication alone cannot reach.