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Decision Making and Risk in people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Project Title: Decision making and risk in people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


My name is Anna Chiara Sicilia and I am conducting this research as a student on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Lancaster University.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore the links between the way in which people diagnosed with bipolar disorder make sense of their daily experiences and make decisions and their likelihood of taking risks in everyday life.

We answer all your questions regarding our forthcoming Bipolar Sailing Trip in Greece! In case you may have any more questions, please feel free to contact us

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For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) its always ourselves we find in the sea - E. E. Cummings

- enjoy a nice week of sailing along with relaxation and mindfulness exercises

- make new friends who also have an interest in bipolar disorder

- be part of the first ever Bipolar Sailing Trip!

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Non-adherence in the treatment of bipolar disorder is a very common phenomenon, which has been addressed by various researchers. The negative consequences may include relapse, hospitalization, impairment in everyday functioning, and it can be costly.

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Bipolar disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of depression and/or abnormally elevated mood (known as mania) that interfere with psychosocial functioning (see our guide). Depressive symptoms, along with cognitive difficulties in planning, problem solving, attention and memory, are known to be related to low psychosocial functioning and in particular occupational functioning (Bauer et al., 2001; Goldstein & Burdick, 2008).

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The BipolarLab clinicians and staff celebrate the National Bipolar Awareness Day by offering to all bipolar friends a free MoodPulse-Mini session. You get:

 

1. A psychometric assessment of your mood (mania, depression, anxiety) and ability to function.

 

2. Mood measurement with gold-standard psychometric instruments.

 

3. A User-friendly report delivered immediately in your inbox and in your doctor's/therapist's email.

 

For more information about MoodPulse-Mini see here: http://www.bipolarlab.com/moodpulsemini

 

To book a place email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

All assessments are provided all over the world via Skype (in English or Greek) with the assistance of a friendly BipolarLab facilitator.

 

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picture copyright & courtesy of Christina Tsevis (crosti)

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental disorder that disrupts the emotional and social lives of people who suffer from it.

Patients with bipolar disorder experience intense periods of mania, where they tend to feel over optimistic or even grandiose, and often become overly social or even inappropriate in their contact with other people. This is something they usually regret and feel ashamed of later, but they have little control over their behavior when they are manic. They also tend to experience periods of depression, where they become withdrawn and isolate themselves. When they do not experience a mood episode, they tend to be fairly well and very likable and cherish the friendship of others, but the effects of their previous episodes persist. The mood episodes disrupt their social lives, and as a result they are often isolated. The lack of a supportive network of friends makes their lives even more difficult to bear, increases their risk to become unwell again, and delays their recovery.

Our BipolarLab eBuddy program aims to develop a network of BipolarLab eBuddies who will volunteer their time to befriend at least one bipolar patient who will be undergoing supervised treatment by a BipolarLab professional.

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Bipolar disorder has been found to be “the sixth most disabling medical condition”(Murray & Lopez, 1997). Bipolar patients often have other medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease and both depression and mania are phases that are associated with significant problems in activity. Therefore, one cannot help but realize the need to look into more depth the complex relationship between physical activity and bipolar disorder. Even though many studies in the past have tried to look at this relationship, it is only recently that advances in accelerometer technologies are beginning to help us to measure accurately activity patterns in bipolar disorder.

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We wish you a very merry and cheery Christmas and a Happy New Year with a moodeat turkey recipe specially prepared for you to help you cope with the Christmas Blues.

We know it takes a lot more than a moodeat turkey, but every little thing you do helps!

Remember to prepare it with a group of supportive friends and loving family members.

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Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

We have been keeping busy with our clinical work and service development in Greece. We have many new developments for our international audience for 2012! Among the most notable our specialist Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT programme and our new Free Bipolar Chemistry Meetings

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2012 and we look forward to meeting you through our wee bipolar chemistry meetings!

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