Regulating Mood for Those with Bipolar Disorder

The co-author of a book chapter titled Hospital Treatment of Depression and Mania, Dr. Susan Turner served as associate professor and assistant attending psychiatrist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and then as associate medical director of the hospital’s Day Treatment Program. A psychiatrist now with her own private practice, Dr. Susan Turner has helped patients with bipolar disorder achieve success in the area of mood regulation.

Also known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression, bipolar disorder consists of extreme fluctuations between happy, energetic periods and times of sadness and low energy. Other symptoms such as sleep disruption and foggy thinking typically accompany these changes.

Although medication plays an important role in mood regulation for those with bipolar disorder, studies have shown that accompanying treatment methods, such as cognitive therapy, can offer substantial benefits. Another important factor consists of keeping a regular schedule.

Setting routines such as taking medication at the same time every day and going to bed at the same time every night help those with bipolar disorder achieve mood stability. Staying up later than normal just one night increases the probability of a manic or depressive episode.