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Self-management in Bipolar Disorder: The story so far

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Mental Health
Issue number6
Volume20
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)583-592
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Background: Research suggests that psychoeducation, relapse prevention and recovery are all the key aspects of psychological treatment for bipolar disorder and the common components of self-management programmes.

Aims: This review traces the origins of self-management interventions as it appears in physical health research and evaluates the current evidence associated with self-management interventions for depression and more specifically for bipolar disorder.

Method: Literature review.

Results: Despite significant clinical and cost benefits associated with self-management programmes for physical and mental health problems, to date there has been less progress in the development of self-management interventions for bipolar disorder. Preliminary evidence indicates that people with bipolar disorder will engage with self-management support.

Conclusion: The rapid development and evaluation of self-management programmes for bipolar disorder is an important research and clinical priority.