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Therapy study seeks over-60s living with Bipolar

Chris Satori


The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study into Bipolar Disorder. 

Dr Lizzie Tyler is leading the study, which has adapted a therapy for older people living with BD.

The team are now looking for people to take part in the study where individuals are offered either 14 sessions of therapy or continue with their treatment as usual.

To take part in the study, individuals must be aged 60+, have a diagnosis of BD and live in the North West of England.

Cathy (not her real name) is currently taking part in the study and has nearly completed her 14 therapy sessions.

"When I first started the sessions, I felt unsure where I really needed therapy. We started looking at my past experiences, beginning the process of trying to put them into perspective. We considered the present day situations I'm in when I immediately think badly of myself, and think that I'm at fault.

"After a couple of sessions with the therapist, I felt more relaxed and was able to tell her episodes from the past that were troubling me and making me feel guilty and anxious.

"The therapist has been able to help me see that the past doesn't need to control my present ways of thinking and feeling.

“I'm hoping that when the therapy comes to an end I'm going to have more confidence to cope with what life has in store."

If anyone is interested in hearing more about the study or taking part, then please contact Dr Lizzie Tyler on 07967 837938 or 01524 593171 or

You can find out more about the Spectrum Centre at