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'Bipolar disorder': Adolescents’ experiences of receiving this diagnosis

02 March 2018

Aged 16-24? Been diagnosed with ‘bipolar disorder’ in the UK? If so, I invite you to take part in research (interview) exploring your experience of being diagnosed. Adolescents’ accounts in this domain are absent from the literature, and it is hoped their inclusion will help us understand this experience more fully and shape UK mental health services accordingly. Please note you will receive a £10 shopping voucher and travel costs (up to £15) for participation


  • Please note that the focus of this research is on your experience of being diagnosed with 'bipolar disorder', and not on the experiences that led you to be given a diagnosis of 'bipolar disorder'.
  • Inclusion:
  • (a) you must be in ‘middle to late adolescence’ (aged 16-24 years);
  • (b) you must have received a diagnosis of 'bipolar disorder' in the UK.
  • (c) you must have the ability to talk about your experiences in English (though English need not be your first language).
  • Exclusion:
  • (a) You must not have received a diagnosis of 'schizophrenia' and/or 'personality disorder';
  • (b) You must not have a connection to me in any capacity.
  • Please note that interviews can be arranged in all parts of the UK.
  • Please check your 'spam' / junkmail folder for email communications.

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Ethical approval

This study was approved by the Regent's University London School of Psychotherapy and Psychology ethics committee on 13th November 2017, and is being conducted in accordance with the British Psychological Society's Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009).

About the researcher

Jon-Paul Marshall, the researcher, is a trainee Counselling Psychologist currently working therapeutically with adolescent clients aged 12-24. Prior to this, he worked as a substance misuse recovery worker in partnership with the NHS for five years, including with vulnerable young people aged 18+.

This research project is being overseen by Dr Rosemary Lodge and Dr Anna Butcher.

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