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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - BOULDER, Colo., April 2 -- Intensive psychotherapy, coupled with medication, speeds recovery from depression for patients with bipolar disorder, according to researchers here.

In a randomized trial, depressed bipolar patients getting any of three forms of intensive psychotherapy recovered more rapidly than those given a brief, three-session intervention, found David Miklowitz, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado. and colleagues, reported in the April issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

At the end of a year more of the patients getting the intensive therapy had recovered, compared with those given only the brief intervention, said Dr. Miklowitz and colleagues.

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