Priority 9 from the Bipolar PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How effective are talking therapies such as counselling, dynamic psychotherapy and CBT? (JLA PSP Priority 9)
Overall ranking 9
JLA question ID 0041/9
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

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Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples For full examples, see Category ID T11 on spreadsheet.  Can CBT help with recovery from bipolar disorder? ~ Are there any other psychological therapies which might help people with bipolar disorder prevent relapses, move towards recovery and manage symptoms e.g. third wave psychological therapies such as schema therapy (focused more on unmet needs, role of early beliefs and using more experiential techniques such as imagery rescripting and chair work)? ~ Can any treatments (preferably psychosocial) be developed to help prevent the ascent into hypomanic or manic episodes?  This would seem an urgent priority, linked to significant distress, relapse and significant costs of inpatient hospitalisation associated with such manic episodes.  Interventions which could be used "in the moment" to prevent such a ascent would be of enormous value to service users/patients, family, friends and all those involved in their care. ~ How can family interventions help and do they? ~ Why do they offer CBT when bipolar sufferers have no control over how their brain works? ~ is dialectical behavioural therapy an effective treatment for bipolar? ~ How can talking therapy's work as when I'm in a eposide it's to late to talk.    
Submitted by Patients x 152 ~ Carers x 65 ~ Health Professionals x 34 ~ Others x 8
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0041
PSP name Bipolar
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 363  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 14 June 2016