The mainstay of the treatment for bipolar disorder has been and presently remains pharmacotherapy whereas psychotherapy has been strongly recommended as adjunct interventions. Adjunct therapies such as Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), Family Focused Therapy and Functional Remediation therapy have been developed and applied for bipolar disorder.
Team of consultants at Nirvan Hospital – Centre of excellence in Behavioural & Addiction Management, Kalyanpur, Ring Road, Lucknow is expert in management of Bipolar disorder. CBT interventions consist of illness education, identification of early signs of new episodes, social skills training, self-esteem building, learning relaxation strategies, cognitive restructuring, conflict resolution and activity planning. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy is a kind of interpersonal therapy which is developed to assist the bipolar patients with their regular daily rhythms such as exercise, eating, and sleeping as well as to manage social relationships and the potential precipitants of rhythm dysregulation. Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy encompasses various stages, starting with psychoeducation regarding the symptoms and cause of bipolar disorder and the importance of adherence to pharmacotherapy. Families are being trained in coping strategies, problem solving skills emphasized the potential of emotional expression to trigger the disorder.