Bipolar disorder and trauma: An illness course perspective

Project summary

Our research aims to explore the relationship between bipolar disorder, history of trauma and the role of social support in the experience of illness and recovery. We are also interested in investigating the complex interplay between stressful life events, stress perception and mood symptoms.

It is expected that the findings of this study will inform intervention strategies and provide evidence for more tailored treatment options to improve outcomes for people living with bipolar disorder.

This study requires that you are over 18 years of age and have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder I or II. You do not need to have a history of trauma to participate. All participants will have a 1 in 5 chance at winning a $50 e-gift card.

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What does participation in this research involve?

You will be asked to complete 3 online surveys and 3 telephone interviews over a 6-month period. The surveys and the interviews will ask you questions relating to your general health, symptoms of bipolar disorder and experience of stress. Questions will also ask about any trauma in your history, recent life events and your social environment. Over the 6-month duration of this study it is expected you will need to give approximately 2 hours of your time to participation.

More information

For further information, please contact Amy-Leigh Rowe

Human Research Ethics Committee approval number: H13572