Journal article

A Critical Update on Psychological Interventions for Bipolar Disorders

Eduard Vieta, Isabella Pacchiarotti, Marc Valenti, Michael Berk, Jan Scott, Francesc Colom



Although pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for bipolar disorder, the combination of evidence-based psychological interventions and drug treatment enhances overall effectiveness, mostly by further protecting patients from relapse/recurrence. In recent years, well-designed controlled studies have added weight to evidence favoring specific psychotherapy modalities for bipolar disorders. However, critical issues that may limit the benefits of psychotherapy in day-to-day clinical practice have emerged. In this article, we critically examine the effectiveness of psychosocial approaches to bipolar illness by reviewing the literature, which has been substantially enriched during the past ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the support and funding of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, and CIBERSAM. Dr. Colom is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Instituto Carlos III through a "Miguel Servet" postdoctoral contract (CP08/00140). Dr. Valenti is funded by a Rio Hortega grant from the same ministry and IDIBAPS.