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Effectiveness of a Psychosocial Treatment Program for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in Improving Self-Esteem and Reducing Problematic Behaviors
Sheila M. Babendir
The focus of this study was to design and test a comprehensive treatment program for children affected by pediatric bipolar disorder. The program incorporated a number of treatment modalities, was eight sessions in length, and used a psycho-educational design. During these eight sessions, participants learned:
1. To recognize the causes of their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
2. To adapt the belief, “I am a good child with difficult symptoms” rather than “I am a bad child.”
3. To gain a sense of control over the problems related to their disorder which includes: awareness of mood changes, awareness of what triggers those changes, and awareness of their misperceptions of other people.