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 …

BDRN PhD student presents research on illness perceptions in bipolar disorder to the Midlands Partnership NHS Trust

In December 2019, one of our PhD research students, Kim Caldwell delivered a seminar at the Midlands Partnership Trust in Stafford, where she presented some of her research findings on illness perceptions in bipolar disorder. The seminar was very well attended by clinical staff from various specialities, and Kim was delighted to have the opportunity Read More …

BDRN presents at the International Society for Affective Disorders

In November 2019, one of our PhD research students, Emma Tickle, presented some of her research findings on the experience of a borderline personality disorder diagnosis in bipolar disorder at the International Society for Affective Disorders conference. Emma presented data from BDRN participants who were interviewed about their experiences of living with a diagnosis of Read More …

BDRN PhD student wins research prize

In October 2019, one of our PhD students, Jo Johnson, travelled to Harrogate for the Unite-CPHVA (Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association) annual conference to present some of the findings from her research which seeks to understand perinatal mental healthcare referral decisions among health visitors and midwives. The conference was well attended by health visitors Read More …

Presenting our research on physical activity and mood to the Midlands Partnership NHS Trust

In July 2019, one of our PhD research students, Gemma McCullough, delivered a seminar on her early research findings on physical activity and mood in bipolar disorder to clinical staff at the Midlands Partnership Trust in Stafford. The seminar was very well attended by staff from various specialties, including mental health nurses, psychiatrists and physiotherapists. Read More …

Postgraduate Research Conference: University of Worcester 20 June 2019

There was fantastic representation from BDRN at the annual University of Worcester postgraduate research conference yet again this year. We are very proud of our BDRN PhD students – Kim Caldwell, Krista Easton, Jo Johnson, Gemma McCullough and Emma Radclyffe all presented their work.  Kim, Gemma and Emma won prizes for their presentations (see photographs Read More …