A case study of psychodynamic group psychotherapy for bipolar disorder

Jodi M. Gonzalez, Thomas J. Prihoda

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Background: This study examines the effectiveness of long-term outpatient psychodynamic group psychotherapy for individuals with bipolar disorder who may have psychiatric comorbidity. Method: The Integrative Outpatient Model (IOM) includes psychoeducation regarding illness, illness management, and exploration of dynamic and interpersonal issues. Results: At one-year follow up, group members had significantly less depressive symptomatology and were less likely to be in a mood episode, compared to controls. There were no between-group differences in manic symptoms or global assessments of functioning. For group-treated patients, the number of days well per week improved significantly; there were no significant improvements in the control group. Conclusions: This pilot study indicates that psychodynamic group psychotherapy is feasible as a component of treatment for bipolar disorder diagnoses. The results suggest benefits on depressive, but not manic symptoms. The 73% retention rate suggests that further study of this treatment is warranted, especially in the cases of patients for whom pharmacotherapy alone is not sufficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-422
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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