Michael Ostacher critically appraises and summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review, which presents the latest best evidence on the efficacy of lamotrigine in the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder.[read the full story...]
Prescribing lithium for bipolar disorder: are we too scared?
Deenan Edward and Suhana Ahmed summarise a Scottish study of prescribing for bipolar disorder between 2009-2016, which identified a clear trend towards decreasing lithium use.[read the full story...]
Improving care for people with bipolar disorder: meeting unmet needs
Leela Sathyaputri and Jess Fiedorowicz write their debut elf blog on a narrative review of the recent bipolar disorder literature entitled: “Areas of uncertainties and unmet needs in bipolar disorders: clinical and research perspectives”.[read the full story...]
Pregnancy and bipolar disorder: international prescribing consensus?
Dean Connolly looks at an international study which asks: Is there consensus across evidence-based guidelines for the psychotropic drug management of bipolar disorder during the perinatal period?[read the full story...]
Sexual function matters to people living with serious mental illness
Rudiger Pittrof and Elana Covshoff from SHRINE (Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Inclusion and Empowerment) explore a recent review, which looks at the impact of severe mental disorders and psychotropic medications on sexual health and its implications for clinical management.[read the full story...]
How consistent are international treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder?
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.[read the full story...]
Bipolar disorder in older men linked to increased risk of dementia
Elena Marcus presents a recent study that shows how older Australian men with bipolar disorder have an increased risk of dementia and early death.[read the full story...]
Lithium for bipolar disorder: the best maintenance mood stabiliser protection against self-harm and suicide?
Michael Ostacher provides a robust appraisal of a recent UK cohort study that suggests bipolar disorder patients taking lithium had reduced self-harm and unintentional injury rates, when compared with patients taking valproate, olanzapine or quetiapine.[read the full story...]
Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder
Joseph Hayes summarises the recent British Association for Psychopharmacology guidelines for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and compares their recommendations with those found in the NICE bipolar disorder guidance from 2014.[read the full story...]
Psychotropic medication in pregnancy: new evidence may help achieve a safe balance
Joanne Wallace considers a recent health technology assessment on the risks and benefits of psychotropic medication in pregnancy, which supports previous associations between valproate and adverse child outcomes.[read the full story...]