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(p. 128) Commentary
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(p. 128) Commentary
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W. Edward Craighead

and Anjana Muralidharan

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199733668.003.0025
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date: 18 September 2019

In the case study, “Psychiatric Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: The Case of Janice,” Rakofsky and Dunlop describe the successful treatment of a patient with a complicated history of bipolar disorder. They first provide an excellent descriptive, clinical information regarding the background and scientific findings relevant to treatment of this disorder. This information is important for several reasons. First, psychoeducation is a critical part of all evidence-based somatic and psychosocial treatments; thus, it is essential that the person providing treatment have command of this information in order to educate the patient. In addition to educating the patient about the disorder, effective intervention includes a coherent and compelling rationale for the treatment—a treatment that usually is long-term and requires adherence to a prescribed regimen of medications and psychosocial therapies....

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