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Social rhythm refers to the routine of daily activities, social interaction, relaxation, exercise, sleep, and so forth. Social Rhythm Therapy (SRT) assumes that your mood depends on your daily routine, enough social interaction and the right balance between activity and relaxation.

This therapy lets you work on finding the right balance, in a daily routine that suits you personally. The therapy typically consists of eight group sessions.

What is Social Rhythm Therapy?

SRT is a therapy where you focus on finding a healthy daily routine and balance. Important elements are: a regular sleep pattern, enough activities during the day, proper meals, and social interaction. Its purpose is finding a routine that suits you, AND improves your mood. Studies show that problems with sleeping, eating and staying active, have a strong influence on mood problems like mania and depression. So, finding a right balance in these aspects is particularly important for people who easily get (heavy) mood swings.

The Social Rhythm Monitor

SRT uses a ‘Life Charting & Social Rhythm Therapy’ book, typically over eight sessions. This book helps you keep track of things like wake-up and bedtime, your daily activities and which people you meet. By monitoring these things, you get a better view of your daily routine. The next step is composing a plan that helps you stay in the right balance.

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Prof. dr. Ralph Kupka is professor of Bipolar Disorders at Amsterdam University Medical Center, and clinical psychiatrist at two large mental health centers: GGZinGeest in Amsterdam, and Altrecht in Utrecht. He is chair of the Dutch Foundation for Bipolar Disorders (KenBiS) and Vice-President of Education of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).

Ralph has been active in national and international research consortia of bipolar disorders since 1995, and chief editor of the first Dutch handbook about this illness. He has chaired guideline committees and is board member of AKWA, the quality institute for mental health in the Netherlands.

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