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Overview

Family therapy has been shown to benefit the patient with bipolar disorder as well as the family. During family therapy, the therapist meets the patient with their other family members and aims as one of the goals to improve family relationships, which acts as a support system for the bipolar disorder patient and facilitates better treatment results. In the sessions, the family therapist works at educating the family members and the patient regarding the illness and the problems that they could face as a result of it, such as the burnout that the caregivers of the family are very likely to experience. The family therapist also helps the family learn better patterns of communication and problem solving skills in order to minimize stress and work out problems that may or may not be directly related to the patient’s illness. Family therapy has been found to help the patient recover faster from their episodes and have fewer relapses.
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How effective is Family Therapy for Bipolar Disorder?

Family therapy is found to be more effective in preventing relapses for a patient with bipolar disorder than some other forms of psychotherapies such as group therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It has also been found to be more effective for those patients who exhibit mostly depressive symptoms than those with primarily manic symptoms. 

What are the benefits of Family Therapy for Bipolar Disorder?

Family therapy has numerous benefits for the patient with bipolar disorder and their family by helping them understand more about the disorder, in what ways they contribute to reducing or worsening the patient’s symptoms, establish healthier ways of communication, problem-solving, and addressing grievances, enhance connectedness between family members which serves as a better emotional support for the patient’s recovery, and thereby improve the family’s and the patient’s overall well-being and management of the disorder. 

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

The number of sessions depends on the unique problems that the family is facing and the amount of therapeutic support and intervention that the family needs.