University research aims to help parents

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Researchers at Lancaster University are looking for parents with bipolar disorder to find out what this experience is like.

Bipolar disorder or manic depression involves extreme mood swings from high to low.

Professor Steven Jones, director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University said: “Bipolar disorder is associated with both benefits and challenges, this is very clear in parenting where increased energy and creative at times can at other times turn to exhaustion in periods of low mood.

“This study will provide important information on both positive and negative parenting experiences from the perspectives of people living with bipolar disorder”.

Trainee clinical psychologist at the university Sumayah Refaat said that having a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can impact on parenting in different ways and by knowing more, ways can be found to support people.

The research project has been approved by Lancaster University Research Ethics Committee and anyone interested should contact Sumayah on 07508375663 or email: