Information about bipolar disorders

The 10 most important healing factors

1. Family relationship
The family relationship is an essential predictive factor for psychotic relapses. The flow of information and emotional support by the family prevent relapses. Accordingly, the families should be integrated into the therapy and early as possible, since they represent an essential resource for backing and support.

2. Avoidance of drugs and / or alcohol abuse
A continued drug and / or alcohol abuse is associated with many negative consequences for illness, among other things the continued existence of symptoms, more frequent relapses, more frequent abandonment of the treatment. A cure is hardly possible with continued consumption of addictive drugs.

3. Early recognition
A long duration of untreated psychotic symptoms leads to a reduced chance of a cure.

4. A good response to medicaments
A positive reaction to the drug-treatment therapy, i.e. the disappearance of voices, delusion and other symptoms is an essential predictive factor for a subsequent cure. And yet the sometimes onerous balance of effect and side effect must be maintained.

5. Supportive psychotherapy
A reliable and at the same time flexible therapeutic care is crucial in order to trust one’s feelings again, secure one’s self-perception, be able to bring one’s own expectations as well as those of others into a new balance. With such help it is possible to learn from the phases and integrate new aspects (anxieties and wishes). Sometimes detailed psychosocial rehabilitation strategies are important.

6. Striving for autonomy
A cure is possible in many ways. Statistically, the chances are increased if you combine drug-treatment and psychosocial therapies / remedies. In this, it is important to find the right balance. Particularly because in psychoses it is always a question of autonomy, each person afflicted must find his / her way and get the help suitable for him / her.

7. Social resources
Permanent social withdrawal and breaking off contact to family or friends lead to slimmer chances of a cure. For this reason, these abilities must be recommenced or trained as soon as possible. Overdemanding activities are also not beneficial to the healing process. Correspondingly, the attempt to find a meaningful and not overdemanding activity is important. A stable housing situation also promotes the chances of a cure.

8. Supportive therapy
A positive therapeutic connection to the therapist or the team of therapists brings about a better chance of a cure. Participation in an integrated psychosocial treatment likewise increases the chance of a cure.

9. Own anamnesis
Individual factors before the onset of the disorder likewise influence the healing, e.g. education, social contacts etc. All of these factors can be influenced positively by therapy.

10. An individual treatment
An individually tailored and integrated treatment is an essential precondition for a cure. The combination of medicaments and psychosocial therapies increases the chances of a cure for most persons afflicted. The treatment should fulfil the following characteristics: flexibility, continuity in relationships, normalization, orientation to resources and orientation to a cure.

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