A person with bipolar disorder is sometimes also referred to as being manic-depressive. Either term refers to a brain disorder that causes an individual to experience unusual or dramatic shifts in their mood, energy levels, or activity levels. Manic episodes are when someone experiences extremely high, happy, energized and elated moods, and depressive episodes are when the moods and behaviours of the same person shift to very sad, hopeless, lethargic and inactive. Everyone experiences differences in mood from time to time, however, those with Bipolar Disorder experience intense and extreme emotions, and drastic changes to their moods and behaviours which are not typical to the average person. Caring for an individual with Bipolar Disorder may require certain medical, educational, and emotional support. Are you concerned that you, or your child, friend or loved one may be exhibiting the signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder? Are you looking for resources to help you identify and diagnose, or manage and care for, someone with Bipolar Disorder? You’ve come to the right place.
You are not alone. Connect with others who may be going through the same thing, find professional help and resources near you. The Kinjunxion community is here to help.
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A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder
Understanding & Helping Your Partner: Easyread Large Edition
Clinical and Neurobiological Foundations
Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder
A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability
A Guide for Patients and Families
The Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health
Overcoming Bipolar Disorder
A Comprehensive Workbook for Managing Your Symptoms and Achieving Your Life Goals
Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder
How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis
Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder
How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms
Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition
A Family-Focused Treatment Approach
Depression and Bipolar Disorder
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Concurrent Disorders Program - West 5th Campus
* Time-limited follow-up for stabilization and transition to community and/or other appropriate services
* Consultation with a Psychiatrist
* Group programming such as Structured Relapse Prevention, Maintaining Recovery, Women’s Self Esteem, Men’s Self Esteem
* 1 on 1 counselling for addictions and mental health using both a harm reduction and abstinence based approach
Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Concurrent Disorders Program - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
- assessment, consultation and treatment with an Addiction Psychiatrist
- individual and group therapy
- group based education focused on developing personal goals, skill building, and improving the management of mental health and addiction issues
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Eating Disorder Program - Charlton Campus
Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Eating Disorders Clinic - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
- psychiatric assessment and treatment
- individual, group and family counselling
- nutritional assessment and counselling
- family support and education
McMaster Children's Hospital - Pediatric Eating Disorders Program - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.
Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate listing here
General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.
Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate listing here
Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate listings here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate listing here
PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.
2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.
3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.
Sleep Medicine Group - Sleep Study and Consultation - Burlington
McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder Service - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4
ROCK - Danielle's Place - Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre - Burlington - Brant St
Offer a variety of self-esteem, body image, social skills, and other wellness-based group services for children, youth and their caregivers including:
* ROCK's Girl Talk
* Dove Self-Esteem Project
* Boys ROCK
* Active Parenting
* educational workshops and seminars
* operates under ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) as the lead agency for child and youth mental health in Halton and is available to provide therapy for individuals under 18 yrs and their families