The Centre for Affective Disorders at the IoPPN, King's College are conducting a feasibility trial to compare the effects of a computerised, cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) for people with bipolar disorder versus treatment as usual.
Bipolar disorder has been associated with widespread cognitive deficits, often present both during mood episodes and after symptom remission. Cognitive decline can be progressive and may predict increased recurrence of mood episodes. CRT is a new psychological treatment targeting impaired cognition. So far CRT has been mostly studied for people with schizophrenia, with very promising results. The CRiB study aims to investigate whether a computerised version of CRT, called CIRCUITS, will be acceptable for people with bipolar disorder. Secondarily, the study aims at examining if, and to what extent, CRT can be beneficial for cognition, functioning, symptoms and goal achievement. CRT effects will be compared with the usual treatment being provided for people with bipolar disorder.
They are recruiting 60 people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are not currently experiencing symptoms, and allocating participants to either simply continue receiving treatment as usual, with or to continue with normal treatment and undertake a 12-week CRT therapy. Those in the latter group will be asked to attend 2-3 CRT sessions per week (estimated 1 hour each) for 12 weeks in either Lambeth or King's College Hospital. All candidates will need to undertake 3 assessment sessions (mainly involving completion of cognitive tasks and questionnaires): before the treatment period; 12 weeks later; and 24 weeks later. The assessments will measure many factors - to do with thinking abilities, functioning, symptoms and other information about people . For each assessment, participants will be reimbursed with £10 as a thank you for their time. You can participate if you:-
are 18-65 years old
have bipolar disorder type1
have a sufficient level of fluency in English
do not have a substantial neurological/neurodevelopmental disorder
do not have a current diagnosis of personality disorder
have not been recently involved in alcohol or substance abuse
For further information or if you are interested in aprticipating in the CRiB study please contact the Centre for Affective Disorders: firstname.lastname@example.org