Bipolar disorder is a condition leading to an increased risk of suicide, often due to non-compliance and mood instability. Research has shown the desire of many to incorporate complementary medicine in order to more effectively reduce the negative symptoms of bipolar disorder. However, there is still little research as to which complementary treatments have been utilized by individuals with bipolar disorder and the effectiveness of said treatments. The study objectives were to determine, based on participant perception, which complementary treatment was perceived to be most effective in reducing symptoms of bipolar disorder. Twenty-three participants completed a self-report questionnaire where they were asked about types of CAM treatments utilized and the perceived effectiveness of these therapies. Information received from the participants provided knowledge about the types of CAM treatments utilized. According to the perception of the participants, CAM use was considered to be more effective in reducing symptoms of bipolar disorder compared to the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Chi square and t test analyses were performed to determine significance of CAM use versus psychotherapy. Future research could be to research the effectiveness of specific CAM treatments and determine whether CAM use alone is more effective than CAM use and psychotherapy.
|School:||Alliant International University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bipolar disorder, Complementary and alternative medicine|
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