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

Chapter 3.1 - Introduction to the Integrative Approach

from Part 3 - An Integrative Approach to Bipolar Disorders


As has been pointed out in the introduction, not only does bipolar disorder have a clinical impact but it can also affect other important areas in the lives of people who suffer from it, and their significant others. Therefore, the treatment of the disease should be comprehensive, taking into consideration different areas influenced by the illness. The sessions presented here, written in an informative way to be shared with those suffering from the illness, aim to cover clinical aspects and issues related to physical health, cognitive and psychosocial functioning, and the enhancement of well-being and quality of life. In order to address all these areas, the integrative approach was designed based on a combination of different psychological treatments previously described. Some contents of psychoeducation for patients have been combined with a session for family members, and complemented with aspects related to health promotion, mindfulness training and strategies for cognitive and functional enhancement, always adjunctive to pharmacological treatment. Therefore, the programmes represent the pillars on which the different modules of the integrative treatment were built.