Colo., -- Family-focused therapy, combined with medication,
appeared to stabilize depression symptoms in adolescents with bipolar
disorder, a randomized trial found.
to interested patients that intense family therapy plus medication
helped relieve depression symptoms and improved recovery in bipolar
- Explain that in this formulation, the family intervention had no effect on mania symptoms.
90% of bipolar adolescents in two groups (intense family-focused
therapy versus less-intense enhanced care) had a full recovery at two
years from their original mood episode, David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., of
the University of Colorado, and colleagues reported in the September
issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
teens in the family-focused therapy group recovered faster, spent fewer
weeks in other depressive episodes, and had a more favorable trajectory
of depressive symptoms than those given less intense therapy, the
But, they said, neither intervention improved mania symptoms.