Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery

I’ve recently watched this fascinating documentary called ‘Take These Broken Wings’ based on the experience of two women diagnosed early in life with Schizophrenia.  Why is it fascinating? Well, firstly, those women went on to make a full recovery thanks to intensive and long-term psychotherapy with skilled therapists; they explore this in great detail.  Secondly, … More Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery

The Shocking Truth: Severe Mental Illness & Life Expectancy

Allen Francis, Emeritus Professor at Duke University has just published an excellent blog entitled ‘Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young’ in the Huffington Post. Prof. Francis, who rather refreshingly pulls no punches throughout his article, writes this as his opening paragraph: People diagnosed with serious mental illness — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe … More The Shocking Truth: Severe Mental Illness & Life Expectancy

The Search For Genes Linked to Bipolar Disorder Gathers Pace

Scientists working at the University of Bonn, the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim and the University of Basel have published research that has uncovered new gene areas linked to bipolar disorder. Reported in the Elements (Behavioral Health) website (http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/), the findings provide an important avenue for further research aimed at understanding this enigmatic … More The Search For Genes Linked to Bipolar Disorder Gathers Pace

Choice & Medication: A Useful Resource

Navigating the often complex road to recovery that takes in medication choices along the way is not a simple task.  There is much to consider, not least overall efficacy and the potential for side-effects. The Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland has recently launched a very useful website – ‘Choice and medication: information … More Choice & Medication: A Useful Resource