Severe mental illness in offspring may not be linked to smoking during pregnancy

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Andrew Jones considers a recent cohort study that looks into the associations between maternal smoking during pregnancy and severe mental illness in offspring.

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Can network meta-analysis decide the best psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder?

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Guy Goodwin and Andrea Cipriani highlight a number of methodological concerns in a new network meta-analysis of psychosocial therapies for the adjunctive treatment of bipolar disorder.

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A crisis map: charting the topography of home treatment

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Derek Tracy and Lisa Lloyd look back over the last 17 years of mental health crisis care and consider the findings of a new survey of Crisis Resolution Teams in England.

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The role of pets in supporting people living with mental distress

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Alison Faulkner (and her cats) delight in a recent qualitative study looking at the impact pets can have on the everyday lives of people diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition.

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Peer support for physical health improvement: recovering ‘stolen years’?

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Lucy Simons discusses whether peer support interventions can help to provide physical health improvements for people living with severe mental illness.

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Antidepressants for bipolar depression: weighing up the benefits and harms

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Murtada Alsaif considers a recent systematic review on the safety and efficacy of adjunctive second-generation antidepressant therapy with a mood stabiliser or an atypical antipsychotic in acute bipolar depression.

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Childhood adversity and bipolar disorder

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Jasmin Wertz presents the findings of a recent systematic review and meta-analysis that explores the relationship between childhood adversity and bipolar disorder.

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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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How can genetics help us better understand, diagnose and treat mental illness? An interview with Andrew McIntosh

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This World Mental Health Day, we share a Wellcome Trust interview with Professor Andrew McIntosh, who has a £4.7 million award to explore why people develop depression. He tells Wellcome how he hopes his work will improve the lives of people with mental health conditions, and how he looks after his own mental wellbeing.

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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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