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You may find yourself talking to a therapist who is completely inappropriate to your needs. You may find yourself talking to a therapist who is completely inappropriate to your needs. James Nash/Flickr

Talking therapies can harm too – here’s what to look out for

People seeking therapy should always talk to a practitioner who provides good quality treatment that’s appropriate to their needs. Because research shows that even the innocuous-sounding “talking therapies…
Too simplistic to predict suicidal tendency. Too simplistic to predict suicidal tendency. Chandra Marsono

A blood test alone won’t be enough to test for suicide risk

A new study has suggested that it may be possible to develop blood tests for suicide by identifying biomarkers in the blood. Although it has its limitations, the study is an important step towards a more…
Feeling fruity: the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum forms ‘fruiting bodies’ Feeling fruity: the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum forms ‘fruiting bodies’ Robin Williams

Want a new epilepsy drug? Bring on the amoebas

Many therapeutic drugs and toxins affect us without us knowing exactly how. We know, for example, that Epilim, or sodium valproate, one of the most highly prescribed medicines for epilepsy can prevent…
Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook. Roadshow Publicity

Romcom’s silver lining is its portrayal of mental illness

From Psycho onward, film portrayals of the mentally ill have contributed to the stigma faced by people with these conditions. Films tend to create and reinforce stereotypes of the mentally ill as “homicidal…
A high number of artists and writers meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. A high number of artists and writers meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Eddi van W.

Bipolar disorder and creativity are linked (but not by some mad genius)

Does some fine madness yield great artists, writers, and scientists? The evidence is growing for a significant link between bipolar disorder and creative temperament and achievement. People with bipolar…
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which affects between 1% and 6% of the population. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which affects between 1% and 6% of the population. thewoodenshoes/Flickr

Explainer: what is bipolar disorder?

During a manic episode, the main character of popular television series Homeland, CIA agent Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) colour codes the evidence in a terrorism case, making vital links that…
Current treatments for bipolar disorder are more effective for the symptoms of mania than for depression. Current treatments for bipolar disorder are more effective for the symptoms of mania than for depression. Chris Connelly

Old made new: medication offers hope for bipolar depression

Little understood and lacking effective drugs for addressing the scope of its symptoms, bipolar disorder can wreak havoc with the lives of people who suffer from it. Now an over-the-counter drug is offering…

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