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Therapy for Treating Bipolar Affective Disorder

Proven Success of Psychotherapy for Bipolar Treatment:

Research has shown that psychotherapy, teamed with medication, can be more effective as a treatment for bipolar than medication alone.

One American study found that time between relapses was extended for those patients who had CBT teamed with medication and the duration of the bipolar episodes was reduced1 compared to those who took medication alone.

At Clinical Partners we have psychologists and psychotherapists who have specialist experience in bipolar treatment through psychotherapy.


How does Psychotherapy help with Bipolar Affective Disorder?

Counselling
Is essential for dealing with bipolar disorder and the problems it has caused in your life. Working with a therapist, you can learn how to cope with difficult or uncomfortable feelings, manage stress, repair your relationships and regulate your mood.

Help with depression
The depressive episodes that are common in bipolar can be some of the hardest to deal with. Loneliness, desperation, hopelessness and even suicidal thoughts can occur during depressive episodes. A talking therapy, such as psychotherapy, can be a life line during these times, allowing the individual to reach out and start to feel less hopeless.

Psycho-Education
Managing symptoms and preventing complications begins with a thorough knowledge of the illness. The more you and your loved ones know about bipolar disorder, the better able you'll be to avoid problems and deal with issues. Medication compliance can be a problem for those suffering with bipolar and the impact can be huge in terms of mood stability and also side effects.

For more on this please read our section on ‘Medication’.


Support Groups
Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, and having a solid support system in place can make all the difference in your outlook and motivation. The support of friends and family is also invaluable. Also participating in a bipolar support group gives you the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others who know exactly what you're going through.

Lifestyle management
By carefully regulating your lifestyle, you can keep symptoms and mood episodes to a minimum. This involves strategies to maintain a regular sleep schedule, avoiding alcohol and drugs, following a consistent exercise program, and reducing any stress in your life.


In addition, we also offer support and treatment for:

    Substance abuse and behavioural issues
    Many individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder also have problems with alcohol and drugs which can make it very difficult to manage the disorder and can impact on how any prescribed medication works. We can offer treatment and support for problems with alcohol and substance misuse, overspending, abusive eating patterns and compulsive sexual behaviours.

    If you would like to talk to someone about starting a talking therapy to help with bipolar affective disorder please ring 0203 326 9160.

    1 D.Lam, P. Hayward, et al. American Journal of Psychiatry vol 162:2, Feb 2005.

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