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What is psychoeducation for bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Some treatment modalities incorporate education into their processes. In a psychoeducation model, education strategies are usually integrated into psychotherapy. Psychoeducation is a short-term psychological treatment that most often involves the whole family (and may also include other loved ones, such as a romantic partner). The focus is on learning about bipolar disorder and finding ways for the family to help support the person with bipolar disorder.

Psychoeducation has been found to increase adherence to treatment and improve outcome in bipolar disorder. In fact, those who received six or seven sessions of psychoeducation reduced severe relapses by more than 50 percent. For example, in one study those who received psychoeducation sessions (along with medication treatments) showed a 12 percent rehospitalization rate during a two-year period, compared with a 60 percent rehospitalization rate among those who only took medications
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