People with severe mental illness have more adverse outcomes from medical or surgical treatment

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Laoise Renwick considers the findings of a recent systematic review on the safety of service users with severe mental illness receiving inpatient care on medical and surgical wards.

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“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen”. Depression and bipolar disorder in people with intellectual disabilities

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Kathryn Mitchell and Stephen Moore summarise a recent prospective cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which looks at the incidence of unipolar and bipolar depression, and mania in adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Online intervention for bipolar disorder: what do service users think? #DigiMHweek

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Today is the start of Digital Mental Health week, so look out for blogs, webinars, podcasts and loads of social media on the latest digital mental health research #DigiMHweek!

We start with Sarah Rowe blogging about a qualitative study that explores users’ experiences of an online intervention for bipolar disorder.

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Personal well-being networks for severe mental illness: the importance of being social

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The University College London Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent exploratory study on personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness.

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People with severe mental illness die younger and things are getting worse

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Judith Harrison publishes her debut blog on a recent cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which shows that the “mortality gap” is increasing for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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How consistent are international treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder?

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Steven Marwaha publishes his debut blog on a review article that asks if there is consensus across international evidence-based guidelines for the management of bipolar disorder.

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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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