The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment
of Bipolar Depression.
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
- 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