The Bipolar Clock

Award-winning researcher Dr. Holly Swartz breaks down the “bipolar clock”, and proposes a fresh approach to take charge of your bipolar symptoms by timing your light exposure, temperature, body position, eating, and social contact. Dr. Swartz also shares the science behind social rhythm therapy (SRT) and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) in helping to reset your biological body clock and take charge of your bipolar symptoms.

Hosted by Dr. Erin Michalak.

Chapters & Timestamps

00:00 Introduction
00:13 About Dr. Holly Swartz
04:00 Circadian Rhythms Are Key for Bipolar Disorder
08:37 Advantages of Having a “Bipolar Clock”?
11:42 Light Disruptions, Season Changes, Blue Light
16:51 Create Consistent Routines
20:51 Time Your Eating, Body Position, Social Contact, Temperature
29:08 Track Your Social Rhythm Metric (SRM)
30:25 Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)
33:33 Social Rhythm Therapy Workbook for Bipolar Disorder
36:00 Strive for a Supranormal Routine

Dr Holly Swartz - talkBD Bipolar Disorder Podcast
Dr. Holly Swartz

Dr. Holly A. Swartz is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Hospital / Cornell University School of Medicine. Dr. Swartz’s research focuses on understanding and optimizing treatments for mood disorders. She is well known for her work evaluating Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) as treatments for depression and bipolar disorder. Her research focuses on the role of IPSRT and pharmacotherapy in the management of bipolar II depression and IPT in the management of maternal depression. She is engaged in collaborative projects to develop computational frameworks to model dyadic interpersonal behaviors in relation to psychotherapy process and outcomes and to understand neural correlates of change in chronotherapeutic behavioral interventions. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Book Giveaway!

We’re giving away 2 copies of “The Social Rhythm Therapy Workbook for Bipolar Disorder” 📚
To mark the launch of Holly Swartz’s new book, we’d like to send physical 2 copies of this workbook to talkBD podcast supporters anywhere in the world! Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  1. Follow us on our Instagram or LinkedIn
  2. Comment on our Social Rhythm Therapy Workbook giveaway post on Instagram or LinkedIn, with the hashtag #talkBD
  3. Tune in to the “The Bipolar Clock” talkBD episode!

Winners will be picked at random and contacted on April 19, 2024.

If you would like to enter the giveaway privately without making a public comment, send us an email at with the subject “Book Giveaway”.

“The Social Rhythm Therapy Workbook for Bipolar Disorder” is also available on Amazon and online at all major book stores. The book is published by New Harbinger Publications.


Free IPSRT Online Course:
International Society for Bipolar Disorders:
The Social Rhythm Therapy Workbook for Bipolar Disorder (Amazon)

Share this episode with your friends and family:

Questions and comments?

  • Hello,

    I would like to discuss SEO!

    I can help your website to get on first page of Google and increase the number of leads and sales you are getting from your website.

    May I send you a quote & price list?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Paul S
    Sr SEO consultant
    Ph. No: 949-313-8897 (USA)

    If you don’t want me to contact you again about this, reply with “opt-out”

  • Hello team,

    I was surfing through your website and realized that despite having a great design; it was not ranking on any of the search engines (Google Yahoo and Bing) for most of the keywords relating to your business.

    We offer your website top 10 ranking/Best results SEO & SMO Services within very short span of time at very reasonable cost.

    Let me know if you are interested, I will send you our SEO Packages and price list.

    Mani J | Sr SEO consultant

    If you’re not Interested in our Services, please send us “unsubscribe”.

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to learn about the newest talkBD podcast episodes and the latest in bipolar disorder news and research on CREST.BD’s mailing list.

talkBD is also available on all streaming platforms – subscribe now: