Psychotherapy Services in South West London

MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR MOOD DISORDERS

Biomedical Engineering Research Group (BERG) established in 2004 is leading the way in a discipline that is transforming developments in medicine and healthcare delivery. BERG has recently been awarded a major research grant by the National Institute of Health Research to develop a personal lithium blood analyser for patient with bipolar disorders. This will revolutionise the monitoring of psychiatric disorders given that  there is currently an absence of non invasive medical devices for monitoring or assessing bipolar disorder. The mood of patients with bipolar disorder frequently changes, featuring episodes of depression (with feelings of being lethargic and low) and mania (with feelings of being high and overactive). These patients are dependent on lithium to mantian their mental equilibrium. Too much lithium causes toxicity and too little causes patients to have uncontrollable mood swings. The personal lithium blood analyser will assist in providing more information on lithium blood levels to psychiatirst, clinicians and patients allowing for more effective management of bipolar disorder with lithium therapy.

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