An automated internet application to help patients with bipolar disorder track social rhythm stabilization
This column describes a pilot study of a fully automated, Internet- based program that provides a key element of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, a form of psychotherapy shown to be effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder when combined with mood-stabilizing medication. Participants (N=64) recorded the time they completed activities of daily living and their mood at the time of each entry. After 90 days they demonstrated a 31% increase in social rhythm stability and a small, though statistically significant, decrease in symptoms of abnormal mood. Internet-based programs can enhance access to a best practice in the management of bipolar disorder.
Lieberman, D., Swayze, S., & Goodwin, F. (2011). An automated internet application to help patients with bipolar disorder track social rhythm stabilization. Psychiatric Services, 62 (11). http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/ps.62.11.pss6211_1267