A literature search by Fristad et al. [116], conducted in 2002, found that at present there are no psychosocial treatments empirically validated or otherwise for children with bipolar disorder. Preliminary data from the child group therapy programme, which was developed as part of multifamily psychoeducational groups (MFPGs), is promising [117].

Early-onset bipolar disorder produces a host of issues for all family members of the affected individual. These issues need to be addressed immediately and consistently in order to maximize the psychological well-being of all involved. Parents must become specialized caregivers to children affected by the disorder. Central to family-based interventions for bipolar disorder is the family's access to a clinician who is well versed in the manifestations of this disorder and who has the flexibility to adapt to the vicissitudes of this illness. Treatment plans must be tailored individually to the family's needs. Holder and Anderson have outlined coping strategies for families in which one or more members are experiencing a serious mental illness [118].

Recently MFPGs have gained popularity and there is reasonable evidence in support of their usefulness [119]. Over time, families participating in these groups showed an attitude shift toward more positive thinking about educational and mental health care systems [120].

BiPolar Explained

BiPolar Explained

Bipolar is a condition that wreaks havoc on those that it affects. If you suffer from Bipolar, chances are that your family suffers right with you. No matter if you are that family member trying to learn to cope or you are the person that has been diagnosed, there is hope out there.

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