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Overview

Biofeedback is useful for managing various physical and mental health concerns such as stress or anxiety, chemotherapy side effects, asthma, headache, high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, chronic pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and many more conditions. It is an appealing form of adjunct treatment for various reasons such as –

Considered safe to be administered on pregnant women who cannot take medications.

Might reduce or eliminate the requirement of taking medications.

Non-invasive in nature.

Could enhance the benefits of taking medications.

Helps people feel better in control of their health.

Biofeedback training, although considered generally safe, may not be safe for everyone, especially for people with heart rhythm or certain skin conditions. This is why it is always recommended to conduct medical evaluations to check whether the procedure is safe for the person with bipolar disorder.

A session usually lasts for 30 to 60 minutes. The number and length of sessions required depends on how quickly the person learns to control their physical responses. Biofeedback can help the person reduce the amount of medications required and improve their symptoms. However, biofeedback is not meant to be a replacement but an adjunct treatment in addition to medications and psychotherapy.
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How effective is Biofeedback for Bipolar Disorder?

Biofeedback training is effective for bipolar disorder in helping with mood stability and reducing the patient’s dependency on medications. 

How does biofeedback work?

Electrical sensors are placed on the patient’s body depending on what physiological states are intended to be measured and monitored through feedback displayed on the monitor in the form of visual or auditory cues that represent the patient’s heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, sweating, muscle activity, etc. Through the feedback, the patient learns to monitor their physiological states by practising relaxation techniques taught by the biofeedback specialist to bring them back to a normal level. 

Is Biofeedback for Bipolar Disorder safe? 

It is considered a generally safe form of treatment but may not be safe for people with certain medical conditions related to heart rhythm problems or skin conditions. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor to get physically examined first.