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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 4, 572-581, 2012
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Free Article Contemporary Approaches to Frequent Mood Monitoring in Bipolar Disorder

Aiysha Malik, Guy M. Goodwin & Emily A. Holmes
University of Oxford. UK.

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2012, Pages 572-581

Mood fluctuations are problematic in bipolar disorder. Current approaches to frequent monitoring of mood in bipolar disorder are paper diaries and electronic handheld devices. These approaches are limited in several ways, notably in the reliability of the data being collected which is often retrospectively reported. The experience sampling method offers a research paradigm which could be modified for use in clinical settings, to real time frequent mood monitoring. Mobile phone technology has also recently been developed to monitor weekly mood in a bipolar sample, demonstrating successful compliance rates. We propose the use of mobile phone technology as a novel method for frequently monitoring mood in bipolar disorder.

Table of Contents
Mood fluctuations are problematic in bipolar disorder
Current approaches to frequent mood monitoring
Examples of frequent mood monitoring in bipolar disorder
A 21st century approach to mood monitoring: Short Message Service (SMS)
From the lab to the clinic: SMS monitoring in practice

Correspondence to
Emily A. Holmes, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

bipolar disorder, mood monitoring, experience sampling, mobile phones, SMS

Received 6 Oct 2010; Revised 23 Feb 2011; Accepted 10 May 2011; In Press 12 Dec 2011

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