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In a study of almost 300 individuals with depression related to Bipolar Disorder, those who received intensive psychotherapy (up to 30 sessions in a 9 month period) improved more than individuals who received "Collaborative Care" which consisted of education about bipolar disorder and training in coping skills. All individuals also participated in a randomized comparison of mood stabilizers.The study was conducted by David Miklowitz, Ph.D. at the University of Colorado and reported in the April issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Miklowitz found that "intensive psychotherapy, when used as an adjunctive treatment to medication can significantly enhance a person's chances for recovery and depression and staying healthy over the long term." In this era of short term therapies and medication only interventions, this study focuses our interest on the value of intensive psychotherapy coupled with medication to produce meaningful and lasting change.

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