Keeping therapies simple: psychoeducation in the prevention of relapse in affective disorders

Br J Psychiatry. 2011 May;198(5):338-40. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.090209.


Psychological interventions for mood disorders can be divided into 'skilled' and 'simple'. Psychoeducation belongs to the latter group: a simple and illness-focused therapy with prophylactic efficacy in all major mood disorders. Successful implementation of psychoeducation requires a proper setting, including open-door policy, team effort and empowerment of the therapeutic alliance.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Editorial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Secondary Prevention