Can psychotherapy help my child with bipolar disorder?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsored an often-quoted study called the "Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder." As the title suggests, researchers were looking to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.

First, they found that treating adults with mediation and intensive psychotherapy for nine months was effective; these people got better. More importantly, those who used medication and had just six weeks of less intensive therapy did not make the gains those with the longer-term therapy did. Keep in mind that researchers used adults in this study, but other smaller studies have shown that children also benefit from psychotherapy when used in concert with medication. Children and teens can benefit from the therapies that teach them to cope with stresses at school, home and in the community.

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