Tag: solution-focused

Lee Hopkins - counsellor and photographer

VNS treatment for bipolar depression

Medical company LivaNova are pumped about their latest results for treatment-resistant bipolar disorder sufferers. They recently announced the publication of a new study that showed adding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy to treatment-as-usual significantly improves outcomes in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression (TRBD). Patients who received adjunctive VNS therapy responded …

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Lee Hopkins - counsellor and photographer

COVID-19, Grief, and some tips to help you get through.

Struggling psychologically at the moment? Worried about what the future holds? This is normal. We are in a period of great and rapid change, where all the commonsense rules of behaviour are being pushed aside and fear and anxiety are replacing them. Rage at the supermarket, panic buying, short tempers …

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Photography workshop: ‘Monochrome mood’

I’m keen to put together a workshop on moody black and white photography, shot around the Adelaide Hills. What I have in mind is a two-or-three hour expedition to two-or-three locations in the hills. Once there, we would take photos that reflect our mood at the time. I’m willing to …

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SFBT and the small things

One of the fascinating aspects of a growing therapeutic model is what happens on the outside edges. BRIEF is a very successful Solution-Focused therapy practice in London, England which has, for many years, sought ever-refined ways of working with clients to bring about solutions that the client owns and believes …

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Somatic illness and Bipolar Disorder

Furthermore, existing literature suggested that bipolar disorder patients received fewer or delayed medical interventions, compared to those not diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Lee Hopkins - counsellor and photographer

Depression and Bipolar Disorder are not just about ‘taking the drugs’

Depression and bipolar disorder have drugs to help the sufferer. But taking the drugs is not enough.

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Lee Hopkins - counsellor and photographer

Some myths of Bipolar Disorder

There are plenty of myths around about bipolar. Some of these are fanciful, others hurtful. None tell the full story. Hopefully what you have read here helps you understand that bipolar disorder is more nuanced and complex than simple name-calling and myth-using allows for.

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Bipolar disorder t-shirt

During my recent internet travels I stumbled across a great site. Gabe Howard is a fellow bipolar disorder sufferer, and he’s created a line of products around a typographical design. I’ve ordered this t-shirt for myself. There’s other designs and products.

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Role of second-generation antipsychotic for maintenance therapy of Bipolar Disorder

The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders has published an article on the potential use of second-generation antipsychotics in place of the gold standard Lithium. Although the trials were low in quality and few in number, drugs such as aripiprazole, olanzapine, quetiapine, ziprasidone, and risperidone long-acting injection (RLAI) showed benefits compared …

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Creativity in Bipolar Disorder—are we all geniuses?

Actually, no. Sorry to burst a bubble. It’s a good myth – that Bipolar Disorder (BD) sufferers are creative types that can burn the midnight candle and produce work that changes the world. Unfortunately, too much clinical evidence exists that points out extreme mania in BD is actually counter-productive to …

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