Family-focused therapy to prevent future bipolar episodes
Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option.
Family therapy seeks to support your parents/carers and other family members, to reduce family conflict and criticism, and to boost self-esteem. Family therapy for bipolar disorder includes psychoeducation.
Your professional will help your family with consistent and predictable routines. For example, that you have meals at consistent times and have a regular sleep routine. These routines will help you and your family to become more aware of your moods, and your professional will help you and your family find ways to manage them.
You may only need a few sessions if you feel that you have a good understanding of bipolar disorder and already feel confident in managing your mood. If you are feeling less confident in managing your moods and routines and understanding your bipolar disorder, you could be offered more support over a longer time.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.