Rebecca Pedley

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Thirty individuals with Bipolar I Disorder (16 individuals had relapsed within the last 2 years; 14 individuals had remained well over this period) were hypothesized to score higher on extreme positive and negative appraisals of internal state (HAPPI; Hypomanic Attitudes and Positive Predictions Inventory) than three control groups: remitted unipolar(More)
OBJECTIVES This study explored the process of recovery from bipolar I disorder from a phenomenological and cognitive perspective. DESIGN A semi-structured interview was coded and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. METHODS Eleven individuals over the age of 30 with a history of bipolar disorder were selected on the basis of having(More)
Life expectancy in members of the general population has steadily improved in most countries since 1960. However, during the same period, the life expectancy of people with serious mental illness (SMI) has actually reduced. The majority of premature deaths result from natural causes, such as coronary heart disease. Obesity, a key risk factor for heart(More)
A comprehensive psychological account of the development of manic symptoms is needed to improve interventions for bipolar disorder. This review aims to develop the basis for such an account by covering three domains of evidence: (1) the multiple symptoms of mania; (2) the signs and symptoms leading up to mania; (3) the psychological processes associated(More)
BACKGROUND People with psychosis often experience weight gain, which places them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and early death. OBJECTIVE To determine the uptake, adherence, and clinical effectiveness of a healthy living intervention designed to reduce weight gain. METHOD An exploratory randomized controlled trial, comparing the(More)
BACKGROUND The Obsessive-Compulsive Treatment Efficacy randomised controlled Trial emerged from a research recommendation in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) guidelines, which specified the need to evaluate cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment intensity formats. OBJECTIVES To determine the(More)
BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is prevalent and without adequate treatment usually follows a chronic course. "High-intensity" cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) from a specialist therapist is current "best practice." However, access is difficult because of limited numbers of therapists and because of the disabling effects of OCD symptoms.(More)
BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition which can have major effects on the life of both the sufferer and their family members. Previous research has shown that the impact of illness on family members is related to their conceptualisation of the illness. In the present study we used qualitative methods to explore illness perceptions in(More)
BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental health disorder that can substantially impact upon quality of life and everyday functioning. Guidelines recommend pharmacological and psychological treatments, using a cognitive behaviour therapy approach (CBT) including exposure and response prevention, but access has generally been(More)
BACKGROUND UK National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) specify recommendations for the treatment and management of OCD using a stepped care approach. Steps three to six of this model recommend treatment options for people with OCD that range from low-intensity guided self-help (GSH) to more(More)