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Table 2 Sessions of group psychoeducation treatment

From: Pragmatic randomised controlled trial of group psychoeducation versus group support in the maintenance of bipolar disorder

Session number Topic
1 Introduction to the group and defining bipolar disorder?
2 What causes and triggers bipolar disorder
3 Symptoms 1: mania and hypomania
4 Symptoms 2: depression and mixed episodes
5 Evolution of bipolar disorder and the future
6. Treatment 1: mood stabilisers
7. Treatment 2: antimanic drugs
8. Treatment 3: antidepressants
9. Pregnancy, genetic counselling and effects on families
10. Prescribed drugs and alternative therapies
11. Risks associated with treatment withdrawal
12. Alcohol, smoking, diet and street drugs
13. Early detection of mania and hypomania 1
14. Early detection of mania and hypomania 2
15 Early detection of depression and mixed episodes 1
16 Early detection of depression and mixed episodes 2
17 What to do when a new phase is detected
18 Regularity of habits
19 Stress control techniques
20 Problem solving strategies
21 Finalisation of Stay Well Plan and Closure