I’ve recently watched this fascinating documentary called ‘Take These Broken Wings’ based on the experience of two women diagnosed early in life with Schizophrenia. Why is it fascinating? Well, firstly, those women went on to make a full recovery thanks to intensive and long-term psychotherapy with skilled therapists; they explore this in great detail. Secondly, … More Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery
‘What if it [depression] was a physical illness that just happens to make people feel pretty lousy? Would that make it less of a big deal to admit to? Could it even put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that depression is all in the mind’? Such is the question posed by … More Is The Immune System Causing Depression?
Allen Francis, Emeritus Professor at Duke University has just published an excellent blog entitled ‘Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young’ in the Huffington Post. Prof. Francis, who rather refreshingly pulls no punches throughout his article, writes this as his opening paragraph: People diagnosed with serious mental illness — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe … More The Shocking Truth: Severe Mental Illness & Life Expectancy
Scientists working at the University of Bonn, the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim and the University of Basel have published research that has uncovered new gene areas linked to bipolar disorder. Reported in the Elements (Behavioral Health) website (http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/), the findings provide an important avenue for further research aimed at understanding this enigmatic … More The Search For Genes Linked to Bipolar Disorder Gathers Pace
Navigating the often complex road to recovery that takes in medication choices along the way is not a simple task. There is much to consider, not least overall efficacy and the potential for side-effects. The Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland has recently launched a very useful website – ‘Choice and medication: information … More Choice & Medication: A Useful Resource
This is an excellent book….well worth a read! Book Review: In My Room – The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist..
The Bipolar Network News site (www.bipolarnews.org) has recently reported on an important study carried out on twins and one reason behind their differential susceptibility to developing bipolar disorder. The article, entitled: ‘Twin Study Helps Clarify Epigenetic Component to Bipolar Disorder’ reports on some very interesting findings. The Bipolar Network News site reported that, at the … More Twin Studies Shed Light On Bipolar Disorder
A relatively recent paper entitled: ‘A randomized, controlled, pilot study of dialectical behavior therapy skills in a psychoeducational group for individuals with bipolar disorder’ has examined the efficacy of DBT as a means of reducing the myriad negative symptoms of this serious mood disorder. According to the study authors – S Van Dijk S, J Jeffrey … More Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: An Effective Approach?
Lithium, one of the oldest, most widely used and effective drug used to treat bipolar disorder, both acutely and in the long-term is known to prevent mania (and to a lesser extent depression) and reduce the risk of suicide in bipolar patients. It also has a role in ‘unipolar’ depression where it is employed as a combination … More A New Lease Of Life For Lithium Therapy?