What are the benefits of psychotherapy for bipolar disorder?

Several types of therapy, also called psychotherapy, are used to help provide the needed skills for managing bipolar disorder and daily life. Therapy can also teach you the "triggers" for moods, what someone says or does, or thoughts that triggered a "black" or low mood. Because the disorder also affects the entire family, marriage and family therapy can also help to improve the relationships with those close to you. Attend all of your therapy appointments; results are not instant, but can be long lasting. Research has shown that medications plus psychotherapy produce better outcomes for people with the disorder.

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