Brief Treatment for Trauma Nightmares in Trauma-exposed Adults With Bipolar Disorder

  • End date
    May 6, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Tulsa
Updated on 6 May 2021


Exposure, relaxation, and rescripting therapy (ERRT) is a promising psychological intervention developed to target trauma-related nightmares and sleep disturbances. Though further evidence is needed, ERRT has shown strong support in reducing the number and intensity of nightmares, as well as improving overall sleep quality in both civilian and veteran samples. This study will assess the efficacy in individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


This pilot study will examine the efficacy of Exposure, Relaxation, & Rescripting Therapy (ERRT) on chronic nightmares in trauma-exposed adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder (B-ERRT), as these individuals have been excluded from past clinical trials. Eligible participants will be assessed prior to starting treatment. B-ERRT will be conducted once a week for approximately five consecutive weeks for approximately two hours per session. Each treatment session focuses on one of the following topics/skills: psychoeducation regarding trauma, nightmares, and sleep disturbances on bipolar disorder, relaxation techniques, exposure to the trauma-nightmare, and relapse prevention. Participants will then be asked to complete two to three follow-up assessments, 1-week, 3-months, and potentially 1-year after the end of the treatment.

Condition Nightmares, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, PTSD
Treatment ERRT-Bipolar Disorder
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02242110
SponsorUniversity of Tulsa
Last Modified on6 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Nightmares at least once per week for the past month
Formal diagnosis of Bipolar disorder (I or II)
Exposure to traumatic event (1+ months ago)
Stable on bipolar medication for at least 2 months

Exclusion Criteria

A traumatic event within the last month
Intellectual disability
Current or recent mania/hypomania within the last 3 months
Suicide attempt or hospitalization within the last 3 months
Current or untreated substance use disorder within the past 6 months
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