Imagery Based Emotion Regulation for Bipolar Disorder
— Recruiting in Devon, excluding Plymouth, and in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

What is this study about?

Devon Partnership NHS Trust are doing a study to test whether a psychological therapy, called Imagery Based Emotion Regulation, can help with the symptoms of anxiety within people already diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Recent research suggests that most people diagnosed with bipolar disorder may also suffer from anxiety, but they rarely get assessed, diagnosed or treated for this part of their mental health.

What type of people are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, who might be interested in receiving psychological therapy. Imagery Based Emotion Regulation or IBER is a form of talking therapy. It is part of a range of therapies that are often called cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT. In this study IBER involves up to 12 one-hour meetings spread out over up to 4 months. It is aimed at reducing the symptoms of anxiety, and to help with mood stability. To be included in the study you must still be currently  experiencing at least a mild level of anxiety.

What happens to those who might want to take part?

You will have been given this information because someone involved in your care thinks you might be suitable, and might benefit from the treatment. If you are interested then a researcher will meet with you to provide you with further information. If you agree to take part then the researcher will check you are currently experiencing low mood. If you are, then the researcher will go through some further assessments with you.

In order to find out whether the treatment is useful, half the people in the study will receive IBER, and the other half will carry on with their normal treatment. The researcher will meet up with everyone in the trial 4 months and 8 months after the first meeting, in order to repeat the assessments.

Who has reviewed the study?

The study was given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct by the Berkshire Research Ethics Committee (18/SC/0164) and the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee.

How to find out more?

For more information about this study please contact Jemma Regan via phone or email:

Phone: 01392 674 117

Website: You can also visit our main website: Imagery Based Emotion Regulation