Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality across all age groups and is one of the four most burdensome global problems in individuals under 25 years. In psychosis and depression, psychological interventions are viewed as effective low risk, high benefit approaches that can be used in combination with pharmacotherapy in individuals with medication refractory illnesses or as a single intervention for those with ‘at risk’ presentations (such as sub-threshold syndromes), first episode and other early onset cases. This paper reviews the state of the art with regard to the use of therapies for these different presentations of BD.
Overall, evidence is strongest for the use of psychological therapies for bipolar depression rather than mania and it seems to be more beneficial as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy rather than a single intervention. Post-hoc analyses and some a priori examinations of clinical trials suggest that these therapies are more beneficial if provided at an early stages of illness rather than as a treatment of the problems encountered by individuals with multiple co-morbidities and adverse consequences of prolonged bipolar disorder.
Join Professor Jan Scott for a webinar and explore more about psychological interventions for bipolar disorder on 5 November 2014 from 3pm to 3.30pm (Sydney time).
Jan Scott is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and has recently been appointed to the post of Chaire d'Excellence with Fondation Fondamental and the Center Expert Bipolaire with the Universite-Paris-Est-Creteil, in France. She is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was then a professor in Glasgow and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, before returning to Newcastle. Professor Scott also held visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at the Penn State University in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel at Cambridge University, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona and was also awarded the RCPsych travelling scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
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Date and Time: 5 November 2014 3pm - 3.30pm (Sydney time)
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