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 …

Childhood trauma and postnatal depression in bipolar disorder

Women with bipolar disorder are particularly vulnerable to developing both postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression.Research has shown that childhood trauma may increase risk of postnatal depression in women without a history of mental illness and in women who have unipolar major depression. However, this relationship had not been investigated in women who have bipolar disorder. Read More …

Personality, thinking style and postpartum psychosis

Over the years, many BDRN participants have completed questionnaires asking about aspects of personality and thinking style such as self-esteem, impulsivity and perfectionism. Our previous research has shown these aspects of personality to be associated with having a mood disorder. Recently, we conducted the first study to investigate whether these factors are also associated with Read More …