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    New Technique to Help Manage Mood Swings Within Bipolar Disorder



    Summary: Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) appears to be a feasible and acceptable therapy to help with mood regulation in those with bipolar disorder.

    Source: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.

    Researchers have worked on a new study to discover how an existing psychological therapy can be modified to help people to cope up and manage frequent Bipolar mood swings.

    A subgroup of those with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders also suffer with ongoing mood fluctuations outside of full episodes. These changes in mood can sometimes make it tough to live life to the full, and can be a source of difficulties in relationships with others. Currently there are a few therapy options available for people experiencing dramatic disorders of weekly, daily or even hourly mood swings.

    The ThRIVe-B programme, carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter, asked another group of people to take an existing psychological therapy that focuses to help with maintaining emotion regulation, known as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DPT), and modifying it for people who have these frequent Bipolar mood swings to help cope up with it.

    DPT explains about skills both in acceptance of situations and the emotional responses to it and is currently suggested for people who have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

    The study was carried out in Devon and Cumbria and 43 subjects were placed randomly into two groups.

    Half of the subjects received the new therapy. The other half carried on with their usual NHS care.

    The therapy lasted for around six months and the subjects were surveyed at various stages and were asked to complete questionnaires when the study started and three, six, nine and 15 months later.

    Because of the small numbers of people tested, the trial was never desired for evaluating the benefit of the treatment itself. Instead the study focused on evaluating feasibility and acceptability of this therapy.

    The study findings demonstrates that there is an urge from people having Bipolar for a psychological therapy addressing the ongoing mood instability, and that a larger trial of a therapy like this is achievable.

    Published: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.

    Contact: Kim Wright, Washington Singer Labs, University of Exeter, Department of psychology.

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