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Acupuncture as a Supplemental Treatment for Bipolar Depression

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier:
First received: October 29, 2003
Last updated: April 12, 2013
Last verified: November 2005
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Bipolar Depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Bipolar Disorder
Procedure: Acupuncture
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adjunctive Acupuncture as a Treatment for Bipolar Depression

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Further study details as provided by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2001
Detailed Description:
Patients receive 8 weeks (12 sessions) of acupuncture treatment plus stable medication. Patients are randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture designed to relieve symptoms of depression or acupuncture designed to relieve some other legitimate physical condition. A comparison group of patients who take medication but do not receive acupuncture is assessed to evaluate the effectiveness of medication alone. Patients participate in clinical assessment each week, which includes visiting with a psychiatrist and completing symptom rating scales.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meet DSM-IV criteria for bipolar I disorder or bipolar II disorder
  • Demonstrate symptoms of depression as determined by a minimum score of 25 on the Inventory for Depressive Symptoms-Clinician Rated Scale
  • Have taken stable psychoactive medications for at least 30 days prior to study entry
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00071669

United States, Texas
Bipolar Disorder Clinic and Research Program
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75390
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00071669     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R03MH061589 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: October 29, 2003
Last Updated: April 12, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:
Mood Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017