Bipolar

Electronic monitoring helps treatment adherence in Bipolar disorder

Non-adherence in the treatment of bipolar disorder is a very common phenomenon, which has been addressed by various researchers. The negative consequences may include relapse, hospitalization, impairment in everyday functioning, and it can be costly.

In a recently published pilot study by Wenze, Armey, and Miller (2014), the improvement of treatment adherence in bipolar disorder was tested using Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). More specifically, the investigators wanted to test whether an intervention that utilized mobile technology...
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Bipolar

Bipolar and Depressed. What’s the rush?

picture courtesy of Christina Tsevis (Crosti) – see

In our clinical work at BipolarLab, we often come across bipolar patients who seek help when they are depressed. Depression may be the most common symptom, and the most frequent episode of bipolar disorder, but it is not always the most urgent phase to treat. Manic episodes may be more urgent, and more dangerous....
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Psychotherapy

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Bipolar Disorder: A new, complementary therapy


Bipolar disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of depression and/or abnormally elevated mood (known as mania) that interfere with psychosocial functioning (see our guide). Depressive symptoms, along with cognitive difficulties in planning, problem solving, attention and memory, are known to be related to low psychosocial functioning and in particular occupational functioning (Bauer et al., 2001; Goldstein & Burdick, 2008).

Treatment of bipolar disorder includes medication, which aims at...
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Monitoring

Bipolar activity revealed!

Dr Yanni's custom made actigraph - courtesy of Dr Kristof Van Laerhoven!

Bipolar disorder has been found to be "the sixth most disabling medical condition"(Murray & Lopez, 1997). Bipolar patients often have other medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease and both depression and mania are phases that are associated with
significant problems in activity.

Therefore, one cannot help but realize the need to look into more depth...
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