Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Sante Ment Que, Volume 37, Issue 1, p.157-87 (2012)
Keywords:Bipolar Disorder, Humans, Quebec
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness characterized by recurrent affective episodes, as well as marked residual symptoms that interfere with functioning. Pharmacotherapy remains the cornerstone of treatment. Unfortunately, medication has limited effects on some aspects of the disorder, while many patients have difficulty complying with pharmacological treatment. This literature review examines the role of psychoeducation as a complementary treatment for patients with bipolar disorder. Different formats of structured psychoeducation are presented, including two evidence-based, manualized treatments. With a view to dissemination, recommendations are proposed for the implantation of psychoeducation in Quebec's healthcare system.