Title

An automated internet application to help patients with bipolar disorder track social rhythm stabilization

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-1-2011

Journal

Psychiatric Services

Volume

62

Issue

11

DOI

10.1176/ps.62.11.pss6211_1267

Abstract

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.

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