For Primary Care Practitioners
Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments - Links to treatment guidelines and videos, clinical scales and resources for patients.
International Society for Bipolar Disorders - Includes clinical webinars about developments in treatment techniques.
Mood Disorder Questionnaire - Brief self-administered screening tool that asks about manic and hypomanic symptoms.
Bipolar Wellness Centre - Includes activities and webinars about improving quality of life in areas often affected by bipolar disorder.
bp Magazine - Features personal stories about bipolar disorder, including celebrity profiles, and columns about pets and relationships.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - Includes strategies to help patients communicate with their health care providers.
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario - Offers support programs for people with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, as well as their families.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Das, A.K., Olfson, M., Gameroff, M.J., Pilowsky, D.J., Blanco, C., Feder, A. Weissman, M.M. (2005). Screening for bipolar disorder in a primary care practice. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 293, 956–963.
Hirschfeld, R.M., Williams, J.B., Spitzer, R.L., Calabrese, J.R., Flynn, L., Keck, P.E., Jr Zaiecka, J. (2000). Development and validation of a screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157, 1873–1875.
McIntyre, R.S. & Konarski, J.Z. (2004). Bipolar disorder: A national health concern. CNS Spectrums, 9 (Suppl. 12), 6–15.
McIntyre, R.S., Konarski, J.Z., Wilkins, K., Soczynska, J.K. & Kennedy, S.H. (2006). Obesity in bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder: Results from a national community health survey on mental health and well-being. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51, 274–280.
Ostacher, M.J., Tandon, R. & Suppes, T. (2016). Florida Best Practice Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults with Bipolar Disorder: A novel, practical, patient-centered guide for clinicians. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77, 920–926.
Perlis, R.H., Welge, J.A., Vornik, L.A., Hirschfeld, R.M. & Keck, P.E., Jr. (2006). Atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of mania: A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67, 509–516.
Suppes, T., Eberhard, J., Lemming, O., Young, A.H. & McIntyre, R.S. (2017). Anxiety, irritability, and agitation as indicators of bipolar mania with depressive symptoms: A post hoc analysis of two clinical trials. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 5, 36.
Yatham, L.N., Kennedy, S.H., Parikh, S.V., Schaffer, A., Beaulieu, S., Alda, M. Berk, M. (2013). Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) collaborative update of CANMAT guidelines for the management of patients with bipolar disorder: Update 2013. Bipolar Disorders, 15, 1–44.
Yatham, L.N., Kennedy, S.H., Parikh. S.V., Schaffer, A., Bond, D.J., Frey, B.N. Berk, M. (2018). Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) 2018 guidelines for the management of patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 20, 97–170.
Zarate, C.A., Jr. & Tohen, M. (2004). Double-blind comparison of the continued use of antipsychotic treatment versus its discontinuation in remitted manic patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 169-171.
Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto; Head, Mood ,Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit, University Health Network, Toronto.