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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Affect
  • Antimanic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bipolar Disorder / drug therapy
  • Bipolar Disorder / therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Software*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antimanic Agents