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Bipolar Disorder: Common Assistive Technologies

This guide provides resources on bipolar disorder.

What are assistive technologies?

The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Assistive technologies can be "high tech" and "low tech:" from canes and lever doorknobs to voice recognition software and augmentative communication devices (speech generating devices).

Memory Aids

To reduce frustration and stress, people with bipolar disorder may benefit from tools that aid memory, like reminder apps and planners. When in a cycle of mania or depression, it may be difficult to focus and remember appointments and tasks.

Reminder Apps

Mood Charting

Keeping a mood chart can help those with bipolar disorder track their symptoms and be more aware of their triggers and cycles. Use a paper and pen journal or utilize some of the following apps to keep a digital record.

Employees with Bipolar Disorder

Finding Assistive Technology