SOCIAL RHYTHM THERAPY
Social rhythm therapy is a psychosocial intervention to create regular routines and prevent recurrences in people suffering from bipolar diso...

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SOCIAL RHYTHM THERAPY

Definition

Social rhythm therapy is a psychosocial intervention to create regular routines and prevent recurrences in people suffering from bipolar disorder.

Synonyms

Rhythm therapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT).

Overview

This therapy could be called The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers Therapy. It’s all about going to bed at a regular time, getting enough sleep every night and eating meals at regular times. Seems more and more research provides evidence that humans function better – not just physically but especially psychologically and mentally when we pay attention to our natural biorhythms.

We know that disrupted sleep is a symptom of many mood disorders, but not getting proper rest and erratic sleep and meal times can actually trigger mood problems. Researchers recommend this as routine adjunctive therapy in the treatment of mood disorders. Keeping regular routines has been found to decrease stress and improve social relationships in people with mood disorders.

Recommended Treatment for:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Mania
  • Depression

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Written: July 17, 2008
Last Updated: July 28, 2008
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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