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Bipolar Disorder Treatment – Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)

Posted by Sun on May 28, 2012

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) is based on the observations that bipolar disorders are essentially body rhythm disturbances, and that altered body rhythms (e.g., circadian rhythms, seasonal rhythms, and social/occupational rhythms) can lead to mood disturbances.

Body rhythm disturbances such as insomnia and other sleep disturbances, can be corrected or managed by helping patients to set up and stick to healthy sleep routines. As sleeping routines are stabilized, many body rhythms problems tend to go away.

Patients in IPSRT are taught to keep a bipolar mmood chart to track their mood states and their daily activities and body rhythms. Patients record when they eat, sleep, shop, etc. on a social rhythm metric chart. They also complete an interpersonal inventory, noting social interactions, such as conflicts and stresses that have an effect on their daily body rhythms and thus on their bipolar mood disorder.

For instance, an argument with one’s spouse is recorded, particularly if that argument resulted in insomnia and agitation. The bipolar mood chart is analyzed and discussed during psychotherapy sessions, where it becomes an important tool for raising awareness of the inter-relationship between body rhythms and mood.

Therapists help patients to establish and maintain steady and stable routines such as taking bipolar medication consistently and going to sleep at regular times. They also help patients with bipolar disorder to recognize the sorts of activities and interactions that cause their body rhythms to become disturbed so that these activities and interactions can be avoided. For some patients, this self-monitoring and problem-solving variety of bipolar therapy is effective in helping prevent recurring mood episodes.



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