BDRN Twitter relaunch

As we move into 2021, we would like to wish all our participants the very best for the year ahead. Undoubtedly, the beginning of this year has not been the start we had all hoped for and our thoughts are with everyone during this particularly challenging time. We would like to take the opportunity to Read More …

The questions those with lived experience choose to monitor their bipolar disorder

We have recently had a paper accepted in the Journal of Affective Disorders reporting the findings of a unique study. Using our online mood monitoring tool, True Colours, we explored the topics of personalised questions that our participants chose to ask themselves in relation to monitoring their bipolar disorder. Our findings revealed the questions fell Read More …

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 …