Psychoeducation refers to the process of educating patients about their condition as well as certain useful truths about life in general. At the Columbia Center we believe it is important to educate our patients in order for them to be better able to deal and cope with their problems. For this reason patients are educated about their symptoms, the psychological and physiological causes of their condition, the course, prognosis and treatment of their psychiatric problems, as well as factors that exacerbate and diminish their symptoms.
Psychoeducation imparts important information. This information provides the patient with the knowledge and ability to deal with their condition. Knowledge means that the patient knows their diagnosis and understanding what that means, knows what to expect and is aware of the overall trajectory of their condition. The patient learns what the standard and alternative treatments available are and what the risks and benefits of each are. The more a person is aware, informed and knowledgeable about their problem and how it affects their life and the lives of others, the more control that person can have over their life, the better the patient can deal with and live with their condition. Psychoeducation empowers the patient and those close to the patient and helps to diminish barriers to successful treatment by acknowledging the condition and recognizing the importance of medication and/or psychotherapy in treatment.
Learning about ones’ condition is but one aspect of psychoeducation. Patients need to be knowledgeable about certain general truths about life.
At the Columbia Center, psychoeducation is designed to bean integral part of the overall treatment plan and is an important part of psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.