School performance and bipolar disorder


The notion that genius and madness are closely related can be found in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. There is some modest, mostly historically collected scientific evidence for this. In this podcast, Dr Ovais Badat speaks to Dr James MacCabe about his latest article in which he explores the link between school performance and bipolar disorder in later life.


Date published: 12 March 2010

Audio running time: 15 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this podcast we hope you will be able to:


  • understand the background history and epidemiological questions which led to the commissioning of this study


  • describe some of the essential features of a good cohort study, and discuss some logistical challenges which arise when conducting large scale studies


  • explain a hypothesis to which accounts for the association between scholastic performance and incidence of bipolar illness in this study


  • be confident in discussing some of the early implications of this study with respect to their own clinical practice.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2010. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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