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Treatment often takes the form of individual psychotherapy, although group treatment can also be helpful for this disorder. The specific content and techniques used to help treat the person who suffers from this disorder will vary widely. Some clinicians have found focusing on a psychoeducational approach of the disorder especially helpful. Since it tends to be more of a chronic condition, helping the client learn to better able to predict their mood swings and increase their level of coping skills becomes vital. Additional focus on the individual's interpersonal relationships with others may be beneficial. Self-esteem and issues of self-worth and value often come up in therapy and might be helpful to discuss.
Patients can be encouraged to try out new coping skills and affect regulation with people they meet within support groups. They can be an important part of expanding the individual's skill set and develop new, healthier social relationships.
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