Bipolar Disorder: Explaining The Reality

I often have people ask me what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder; It’s hard to explain the feelings that accompany a catastrophic low or the euphoria that signals hypomania. In my opinion, the most realistic summary is written by Psychiatry Professor, Kay Redfield-Jamison, in her book ‘An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and … More Bipolar Disorder: Explaining The Reality

Return To Blogging

I haven’t updated this blog/website for some time now.  The last couple of years, particularly the last 12 months, have been very hard, with extended periods of time spent in hospital.  In all honesty, I felt like I would never emerge from the horrendous depression that consumed me. However, with excellent treatment. perseverance and help … More Return To Blogging

Trauma & Physical Health: Exploring the Links

According to American paediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, childhood trauma isn’t just something you just get over as you grow up. In her excellent TED talk, Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, measurable effects on brain development. This has life-long ramifications, … More Trauma & Physical Health: Exploring the Links

Talk Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk

The BBC News website has reported on a suicide prevention study carried out by researchers from John Hopkins University and published in the journal ‘Lancet Psychiatry’. The study, which tracked in excess of five thousand Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling, found that suicides decreased by 26% after five years, compared … More Talk Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk

The Search For Genes Linked to Bipolar Disorder Gathers Pace

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