Journal article

The mental health and lifestyle impacts of COVID-19 on bipolar disorder

James A Karantonis, Susan L Rossell, Michael Berk, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen



BACKGROUND: It is unclear how those with bipolar disorder (BD) have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This study aimed to obtain a more detailed understanding of the current mental health needs of these individuals, which is important for both the development of intervention strategies to better manage patient distress and to better prepare for similar circumstances in future. METHODS: The sample comprised 43 individuals with a verified diagnosis of BD and 24 healthy controls. Data about pandemic-related mental health support use, socio-demographics, mood, lifestyle, social rhythm and subjective cognitive dysfunction data were collected and compared between groups. Inter-..

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Awarded by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the participants who took the time and effort to take part in this study. MB is supported by a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (1156072). SLR is supported by a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (GNT1154651). TVR (GNT1088785) was supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. The authors would also like to acknowledge project specific financial support of the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and the Rebecca L Cooper Foundation. The funding sources had no involvement in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.