Elena Marcus

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Elena is a research assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental health and University College London. She has completed a BSc in Psychology at Warwick University and an MSc in Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London). Her role currently involves reviewing evidence for the development of NICE clinical guidelines. These have recently included: Bipolar disorder (update), Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health (update) and Challenging Behaviour and Learning Disabilities. Her research interests include stigma and discrimination, psychological therapies for serious mental illness, and service user empowerment and patient choice in care and treatment.

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Antipsychotic combinations for schizophrenia: safe and effective?

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Elena Marcus presents the findings of an updated Cochrane review on antipsychotic combinations for schizophrenia.

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Mindfulness based therapy: does (home) practice make perfect?

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Elena Marcus reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis of participants’ mindfulness practice and its association with outcomes, which found a small but significant association between practice and outcomes.

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Nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness: do we need more dieticians?

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Elena Marcus considers a brand new systematic review, which evaluates the impact of nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness.

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Bipolar disorder in older men linked to increased risk of dementia

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Elena Marcus presents a recent study that shows how older Australian men with bipolar disorder have an increased risk of dementia and early death.

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Premature mortality in bipolar disorder

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Elena Marcus appraises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of premature mortality in bipolar affective disorder, which finds that people with bipolar disorder have increased mortality rates compared with the general population.

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Screening for bipolar spectrum disorders (MDQ, BSDS and HCL-32)

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Elena Marcus appraises a recent meta-analysis of screening for bipolar spectrum disorders, which concludes that the MDQ and HCL-32 tools are supported by more evidence than the BSDS tool.

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Psychotherapies for anxiety in bipolar disorder

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Elena Marcus finds inconclusive results in this recent systematic review of psychological therapy for anxiety in bipolar spectrum disorders, which includes trials of CBT, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and stress management therapy.

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Medication for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder

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Elena Marcus summarises a recent network meta-analysis published in The Lancet of the comparative efficacy and tolerability of medication for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder.

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Bipolar disorder, suicide and criminality

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Elena Marcus summarises a double case-cohort study, which investigates the risk of suicide and criminal behaviours in people with bipolar disorder and their siblings, compared with the general population.

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Bipolar disorder and leadership: evidence from a total population study

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Elena Marcus writes her debut blog on a total population study that finds some interesting associations between bipolar disorder and leadership potential, executive roles and political professions.

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