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<td valign="top"><h2>Psychotherapeutic techniques of treatment of Bi

polar Disorder</h2> <p>

Before going into the various psychotherapeutic techniques which

exists in the treatment of bi-polar disorder, its best to understand what

psychotherapy is, and how it works.</p>

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Psychotherapy is an interpersonal and relational intervention used by trained

psychotherapists to aid patients with problems of living. Psychotherapists employ

a wide range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue,

communication and behaviour change and are designed to improve the mental health

of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships, such as that of a

family.</p>

<p> Most forms of psychotherapy use only spoken conversation,

although some also use various other forms of communication, such as the written

word, therapeutic touch, art etc. Psychotherapy occurs within a structured

encounter between a trained therapist and the patient / patients.</p>

<p>At least 5 psychotherapy approaches for bi-polar disorder have

been shown to be of benefit when added to medications for the treatment of bi-

polar disorder, compared to medications alone. The approaches are:-</p>

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<li><strong>Prodrome Detection</strong></li>

<li><strong>Psycho-education</strong></li>

<li><strong>Cognitive therapy</strong></li>

<li><strong>Interpersonal / Social Rhythm</strong></li>

<li><strong>Family focused therapy</strong></li>

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<h5>Prodrome Detection: Psychotherapy treatment for bi-polar depression </h5>

<p>In this form of psychotherapy, the psychologist meets up with the patient /

patients numerous times regularly over a certain period, discussing with the

patient his, her or their personal experience of bi-polar disorder, talking about

the signs preceding manic and depressive episodes in the past. They then plan and

rehearse a plan of action should these symptoms appear again. </p>

<p> The therapist also helps the patient maintain a weekly diary on their

disorder, increasing it to a daily diary if symptoms keep appearing regularly.

Even though simplistic in nature, this form of psychotherapy is very effective in
understanding the triggers and symptoms of bi-polar disorder and goes a long way

in educating the patient about his or her disease.

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<h5>Psycho-education: bi-polar Treatment </h5>

Broadly defined, psycho-education is the education of a person in the subject

areas that serve the goals and treatment and of rehabilitation. It involves

teaching people about their problem, how to treat it, and how to recognize signs

of relapse so that they can get necessary treatment before heir problem worsens or

occurs again. Hence, in this form of therapy, the patient / patients are educated

about:</p>

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<li>what is bi-polar disorder</li>

<li>what are its triggering factors </li>

<li>what are the symptoms of its onset </li>

<li>what are the possible forms of treatment </li>

<li>what are the risks associated with the different forms of treatment </li>

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<p>Again, simplistic in nature, this form of therapy goes a long way in helping

the patient understand his or her disorder, and that helps them in not doing

certain things, or getting in certain situations which may aggravate their

disorder. </p>

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<h5>Cognitive Therapy for bi-polar Disorder </h5>

Cognitive therapy suggests that psychological distress is caused by distorted

thoughts about stimuli giving rise to distressed emotions. The theory is

particularly well developed (and empirically supported) in the case of depression,

where clients frequently experience unduly negative thoughts which arise

automatically even in response to stimuli which might otherwise be experienced as

positive. Hence, cognitive therapy aims to help the client to become aware of

thought distortions which are causing psychological distress, and of behavioural
patterns which are reinforcing it, and to correct them.</p>

<p> The objective is not to correct every distortion in a client's entire outlook,

just those which may be at the root of distress. The therapist makes every effort

to understand experiences from the client's point of view, and the client and

therapist work collaboratively with an empirical spirit, like scientists,

exploring the client's thoughts, assumptions and inferences. The therapist helps

the client learn to test these by checking them against reality and against other

assumptions.</p>

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<h5>Interpersonal / Social Rhythm: bi-polar Treatment </h5>

<p>An effective therapy for bi-polar disorder, this treatment stresses maintaining

a regular day to day schedule and stability in personal relationship. Social

Rhythm is based on the idea hat disruptions in daily routines and problems in

interpersonal relationships can cause recurrence of the manic and depressive

episodes that characterize bi-polar disorder. </p>

<p>During the treatment, therapists help patients understand how changes in daily

routines and the quality of their social relationships and their social roles,

such as a parent, spouse or caregiver, for example, can affect their moods. After

identifying situations that can trigger mania or depression, therapists teach the

individuals how to better manage stressful events and better maintain positive

relationships.

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<h5>Family Focused Therapy: bi-polar Depression Treatment </h5>

Family Focused Therapy (FFT) is a hybrid of two forms of psychotherapy. It is both

a variety of psycho-education (a type of therapy whose main goal is to teach

patients and their families about the nature of their illness), and also a variety

of family therapy. Family therapies are distinguished from other forms of therapy

by their attention to family dynamics and relationships as contributing factors

that help or hurt illness.</p>

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<p> Family therapies are sometimes referred to as ecological therapies because

they recognize that individuals and their disorders cannot truly be considered to

be independent entities separate from the family systems that contain them.</p>

<p> Therapists work to identify difficulties and conflicts within the family that

may contribute to patient and family stress, and then help the involved family

members to find ways to resolve those difficulties and conflicts. amily focused

therapists also educate all family members about the nature of bi-polar disorder,

how it can be effectively treated, and ways that family members can best support

their affected member. </p>

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<h5>Final words on treatment of bi-polar depression </h5>

Research has proved that the above mentioned therapy techniques go a long way in

treating bi-polar disorder, and are usually used in conjunction with medications

designed specifically to tackle bipolar disorder.

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