What article did you choose?
Family-Focused Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: Reflections on 30 Years of Research.
Why did you select this article versus the others?
The article was selected because its title had a direct similarity to the research topic. All keywords used for the research topic in medicine, therapy management of the bipolar disorder, were included in the article title. Furthermore, the article had additional information on a 30-year progressive change in the treatment of the condition and was the most recent source listed.
What did you learn from the article? You must list three things
Firstly, Bipolar disorder can be managed beyond medical or pharmacotherapy by prescribing behavioral therapy. The approach of family-focused therapy for managing bipolar disorder is an effective way to influence behavioral therapy for patients taking advantage of trust between family (Miklowitz & Chung, 2016). The intervention requires psychoeducation, problem-solving, and communication skills training for the patients and their caregivers.
Additionally, caregivers or families of bipolar disorder patients are also affected psychologically by the ailment. The argument is that caregivers and parents become anxious and worry about coping mechanisms and strategies to manage the relatives’ disorder (Miklowitz & Chung, 2016). The impact is mainly associated with thoughts of recurring relapse and the role of caregivers in the event they relapse.
Finally, the article provides insight on a significant hindrance due to skepticism of communities about the disorder. Some caregivers attribute the patient’s behavior to controllable internal factors, implying that the patient’s actions are intentional (Miklowitz & Chung, 2016). However, identify that the behavior is uncontrollable and associated with a pathological illness.
When was the article published?
The article was first published on July 19th, 2016, as part of the Family Process Journal Volume 55, Issue 3.
Has the article changed your opinion about the topic you are researching?
The article provides insight into the treatment of bipolar, changing my perception of bipolar treatment beyond medication intervention. Research has shown that behavioral therapy effectively manages the disorder, taking advantage of the patient’s trust in family, including their parents, guardians, or even spouses.
Miklowitz, D. J., & Chung, B. (2016). Family-Focused Therapy for Bipolar Disorder: Reflections on 30 Years of Research. Family Process, 55(3), 483–499. Web.