Physical health conditions and socioeconomic disadvantage are both major reasons for this gap.
Are high profile celebrities trivialising bipolar disorder by linking it to creativity?
Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
Research shows that ketamine can produce long-term reductions in symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.
Largest study to date finds link between disturbed circadian rhythm and mood disorders.
Media portrayals don't help misconceptions about disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. So what do these terms actually mean?
Bipolar disorder is an often misunderstood psychiatric illness. An expert defines it and explains how it is diagnosed and treated.
Researchers are developing gene-based tests to better predict who will respond to different types of medication, and which to avoid.
A growing body of scientific evidence is making clear the connection between good nutrition and good mental health.
Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
Lithium is present naturally in many water systems and was once considered an elixir. It has long been used to treat bipolar disorder, but researchers have also started exploring its role in dementia.
One person with a given diagnosis can be entirely different, symptomatically speaking, from another with the same diagnosis.
Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
Gender is important in defining susceptibility and exposure to a number of mental health risks. Gender can also explain differences in mental health outcomes.
It's time we saw past the mental illness in people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to check their physical health too. Here's why.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
NICE recommends psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
despite a lack of high quality evidence to show that they're effective.
Decisions to stop taking medication are typically regarded by mental health professionals as being due to 'lack of insight' but some are trying other strategies.
Researchers have suggested a new theory for why neurotic unhappiness and creativity are often found in the same person. But is the assumption that creative people are more neurotic actually true?
Social communication requires us to integrate information from all our senses. But it seems the systems that govern different emotion perception skills may be impaired in people with bipolar disorder.