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MORENO, Ricardo Alberto et al. Understanding the familiar living in the presence of bipolar disorder. Index Enferm [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.3, pp.156-160. ISSN 1699-5988.

Understanding family life in the presence of bipolar disorder is vital to their participation in the treatment. Through qualitative ethnographic research, carried out in a medium - sized town, in the State of São Paulo (Southeastern Brazil), we aimed at better understanding family life in the presence of bipolar disorder. Patients and their families participated in the research, which included 25 individuals. Participant observation and interviews were used for data collection, which was carried out in accordance to ethical principles and scientific rigor. Data analysis identified the following categories: conflictive family life; impaired relationships with people outside the immediate family; disturbed daily routine; impact on family budget; stigma and prejudice. The cultural theme "From Initial Distress to Coping and Achieving a Better Quality of Life" emerged. Families perceived the Psychoeducational Program, in combination with treatment, as a rich way to learn about the disease and find ways to help achieving mood stabilization.

Keywords : Bipolar Disorder; Psycho education; Family; Qualitative research.

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