Research update from Gemma McCullough: Physical activity, inactivity and mood in bipolar disorder

During the Covid-19 pandemic I have continued to work on my PhD research exploring relationships between physical activity, inactivity, and mood in people living with bipolar disorder. I am now doing this alongside working in the NHS as a mental health practitioner in Scotland. Thank you again to all the participants who took part in Read More …

BDRN True Colours data – analysis of impact of COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with mood disorders

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic hundreds of BDRN participants have continued to provide weekly mood ratings using the BDRN True Colours weekly online mood monitoring tool.  We are now analysing the data which will provide a unique and detailed picture of mood changes over time among individuals with mood disorders during the pandemic. We will also Read More …

BDRN team member awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate relationship between sleep and mood disorders

In May 2020, one of our BDRN research team members, Dr Katie Lewis received the news that she was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. During her fellowship, Katie Read More …

Patterns of alcohol use in bipolar disorder

A number of previous research studies have shown higher rates alcohol abuse and dependence among individuals with bipolar disorder compared to the general population. Little however is known about alcohol use more widely among individuals with the disorder. In a recently published study we examined patterns of lifetime heaviest average weekly alcohol consumption levels in Read More …

Comparison of postpartum and non-postpartum manic episodes in bipolar disorder

Our research group has spent many years investigating the factors associated with the occurrence of mood episodes in the period following childbirth (postpartum) among women with mood disorders. In a recent published study of 50 women with bipolar disorder, we compared the symptom profiles of episodes of mania that occurred following childbirth to a comparison Read More …

World Bipolar Day 30th March 2020

In these unprecedented times, today on World Bipolar Day, the BDRN team is thinking of all of those individuals throughout the world living with bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions who will be profoundly affected at this very difficult time. We were planning local community events to mark today but instead we are writing Read More …