Personal Recovery in Recent Onset Bipolar Disorder – Outcomes and Mechanisms from a Recovery focused CBT trial

Steven Jones1; 1Spectrum Centre, Lancaster University

Recovery in mental health typically involves individual personal change in which the development of a new sense of self can lead to the establishment of a fulfilling and meaningful life, whether or not symptoms are present. Recent NICE guidance for bipolar disorder has highlighted the importance of both early intervention and personal recovery. This talk will describe a recent single blind randomised control trials of a novel recovery focused intervention for recent onset bipolar disorder compared with TAU. Participants were 67 individuals with bipolar disorder for < 5 years. Intervention was effective in reducing relapse and improving personal recovery over up to 48 weeks follow-up. In addition to overall outcomes this talk will consider potential mechanisms underpinning these changes ( cognitive appraisal mechanisms, self-esteem, growth and hope). These findings will be discussed in the context of developing better, more effective interventions early in the course of bipolar disorder to hopefully improve long term outcomes

Topic Area: Ultra High Risk / Prodromal Research

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