Age at onset, course of illness and response to psychotherapy in bipolar disorder: results from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD)
A Peters, LG Sylvia, PV da Silva Magalhaes, DJ Miklowitz, E Frank, MW Otto, NS Hansen, DD Dougherty, M Berk, AA Nierenberg, T Deckersbach
Psychological Medicine | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: The course of bipolar disorder progressively worsens in some patients. Although responses to pharmacotherapy appear to diminish with greater chronicity, less is known about whether patients' prior courses of illness are related to responses to psychotherapy. METHOD: Embedded in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD) was a randomized controlled trial of psychotherapy for bipolar depression comparing the efficacy of intensive psychotherapy with collaborative care (a three-session psycho-educational intervention). We assessed whether the number of previous mood episodes, age of illness onset, and illness duration predicted or moderated the likeli..View full abstract
Awarded by NIMH
Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
The STEP-BD was funded in part by the NIMH (no. N01MH80001). Support for the development of the psychosocial treatments was provided by grants from the NIMH (no. MH29618 l, MH43931, MH55101) and by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).