Group Therapy

Group therapy is one of several forms of psychotherapy used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Psychotherapy can help not only bipolar people, but it can help their families and other loved ones better deal with bipolar disorder.

Psychotherapy can include getting educated about the disorder and what is needed to deal with it, learning how to better communicate with loved ones, and maintaining relationships despite the problems associated with bipolar disorder.

How Group Therapy Fits Into Your Treatment

Psychotherapy and medication are two of the core treatments for bipolar disorder and it is common for them to be used in conjunction.

A number of psychotherapies can be applied to managing the condition, and it is also not unusual for a number of different types of psychotherapy to be used simultaneously.

How Group Therapy Works

Group therapy usually puts people facing the same or similar issues together. This gives them the opportunity to gain perspective on their issue, learn new ways to cope with it and also improve their abilities to deal with other people by interacting with each other.

Group therapy also gives individuals a way to reassure themselves that they are not alone with their particular problem.

Who Can Take It

Group therapy is used in a variety of settings to help people with numerous types of problems, such as coping with physical or mental conditions or overcoming addictions.

Side Effects

Psychotherapy does not have physical risks, but participants must ready themselves for the experience of talking through their problems with other people. This can mean just the therapist, but it could also mean doing so in front of relatives (family therapy) or even strangers (in group therapy).

Availability

Psychotherapy is readily available through hospitals, private practices and even through employee benefits packages.

Highlights

Group therapy involves putting a number of people with similar issues together.

These types of encounters give them the opportunity to gain perspective about their condition by interacting with others and realize they are not alone in dealing with their particular issue.

What The Expert Says

“Supportive therapy for people who suffer from the same illness is always therapeutic and beneficial,” Dr. Soroya Bacchus, a psychiatrist practicing in California, said. “It is nice to be around people that are going through the same thing, and normalize very intense unpleasant experiences.”

She added that this treatment is best used in conjunction with other treatments, including medication and one-on-one psychotherapy.

“This is best used for someone whose bipolar disorder is under control and is not disruptive,” she said.