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Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Nov;62(11):1267-9. doi: 10.1176/ps.62.11.pss6211_1267.

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

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20037, USA. dlieberman@mfa.gwu.edu

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.

PMID:
22211203
DOI:
10.1176/ps.62.11.pss6211_1267
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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