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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00599

What would digital early intervention for bipolar disorder look like? Theoretical and translational considerations for future therapies

  • 1Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

There are growing calls for the development of early intervention/preventative interventions for young people identified to be at risk of bipolar disorder (BD), and digital delivery appears to be a strong candidate delivery method. To date, no such interventions exist, and the aim of this perspective paper is to advance the literature by reviewing theoretical issues related to early intervention in BD, and introducing a framework for design of feasible, acceptable and effective online psychosocial interventions for this population. It is concluded that, by adopting an appropriate transdiagnostic and humanistic framework, and recognising emerging tenets of digital psychotherapy development, testable online interventions for young people at risk of BD are within reach.

Keywords: Online, Humanistic, Risk Management, co-design, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychoeducation, Apps, Mobile

Received: 11 Mar 2019; Accepted: 29 Jul 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Murray. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Greg Murray, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia, gwm@swin.edu.au