DIAGNOSIS: Bipolar Disorder

TREATMENT: Group Psychoeducation for Bipolar Disorder


  • Basic premise: "Psychoeducation treatment involves providing patients with information about bipolar disorder and its treatment, with a primary goal being to improve adherence to pharmacological treatment by helping patients understand the biological roots of the disorder and the rationale for pharmacological treatments. Patients are also taught the early warning signs for episodes, and common triggers for symptoms. Psychoeducation interventions are typically—but not always—held in group format. The best tested approach consists of 21 group sessions (Colom & Vieta, 2006)."



Manual de psicoeducaión para el trastorno bipolar (Colom, F., & Vieta i Pascaul, E.)


Structured group psychotherapy for bipolar disorder: The life goals program (2nd ed.) (Bauer, M. S., && McBride, L.)


Colom, F., Vieta, E., Martínez-Arán, A., Reinares, M., Goikolea, J. M., Benabarre, A., Torrent, C., Comes, M., Corbella, B., Parramon, G., & Corominas, J. (2003). A randomized trial on the efficacy of group psychoeducation in the prophylaxis of recurrences in bipolar patients whose disease is in remission. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 60(4), 402-407.

Colom, F., Vieta, E., Moreno-Sánchez-Moreno, J., Palomino-Otiniano, R., Reinares, M., Goikolea, J. M., Benabarre, A., & Martínez-Aran, A. (2009). Group psychoeducation for stabilised bipolar disorders: 5-year outcome of a randomised clinical trial. Br J Psychiatry, 194(3).

D’Souza, R., Piskulic, D., & Sundram, S. (2010). A brief dyadic group based psychoeducation program improves relapse rates in recently remitted bipolar disorder: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 120(1-3), 272-276.

Janis, R. A., Burlingame, G. M., Svien, Jensen, J., & Lundgreen, R. (2021). Group therapy for mood disorders: A meta-analysis. Psychotherapy Research, 31(3), 342-358.

Mączka, G., Brabski, B., Dudek, D.,  & Gierowski, J. K.. (2014). Group psychoeducation in bipolar mood disorders – the influence on the cognitive representation of the illness. The results of the program: “Taming the bipolar affective disorder.” Psychiatr. Pol., 48(6), 1237-1252.

Rahmani, F., Ebrahimi, H., Ranjbar, F., Razavi, S. S., & Asghari, E. (2016). The effect of group psychoeducation program on medication adherence in patients with bipolar mood disorders: A randomized controlled trial. J Cariing Sci, 5(4).

Sajatovic, M., Davies, M. A., Ganocy, S. J., Bauer, M. S., Cassidy, K. A., Hays, R. W., Safavi, R., Blow, F. C., & Calabrese, J. R. (2009). A comparison of the life goals program and treatment as usual for individuals with bipolar disorder. Psychiatric Services, 60(9), 1182-1189.