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Psychotherapy appears to help children and adolescents at risk for developing bipolar disorder stay healthy, according to research in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers studied 127 U.S. children and teens ages 9 to 17 to determine which of two types of treatment was more effective at delaying new and recurring bipolar symptoms: four months of a family-focused therapy that teaches patients and families better communication and problem-solving skills or four months of a traditional form of psychoeducation focused on understanding and coping with mood symptoms. Nearly 77% of the adolescents in the family-focused treatment recovered from their initial symptoms of depression returned was 87 weeks. The numbers for the psychoeducation group were 65% and 63 weeks. (Monitor on Psychology)

Susie Bean Gives