The Clinic

Mood Disorders Program

Mandate

The Mood Disorders Program is a tertiary care academic subspecialty psychiatry service based at the Foothills Medical Centre.  The Program provides timely comprehensive psychiatric assessment and when indicated treatment services to referred patients suffering from or at risk for primary unipolar and bipolar mood disorders (see inclusion criteria below).   This is a joint service of the Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary Department of Psychiatry.  The Program has an integrated teaching and research component, as from time to time trainees are supervised and research studies are conducted in the clinic with the common aim of advancing understanding and improving care for patients.  

Aims

  1. Accurate early identification of primary major depressive and bipolar disorders
  2. Evidence-based treatment recommendations to reduce relapse and recurrence risk
  3. Improve the quality of remission and life for patients & their families
  4. Prevent medical and psychiatric co-morbidity
  5. Support ethical and approved research
  6. Provide subspecialty training for health professionals

Objectives

  • Timely consultation to clarify diagnosis and make treatment recommendations

Referral Criteria for Consultation

We consider for consultation any patients referred by their responsible physician* and who meet the following criteria for a primary mood disorder (with or without psychotic features in episodes):

  • patients at least 15 years of age
  • thought to be suffering from
    • bipolar disorder (I or II)
    • major depressive disorder, treatment refractory depression
    • first episode depression with a family history of bipolar disorder
    • not currently before the courts or requiring a community treatment order

We have the capacity for limited medium to long-term care or shared care of patients suffering from primary mood disorder confirmed on our consultation.  We have a subspecialty early mood intervention program for patients meeting the above criteria and aged 15-25 years.

Inclusion Criteria

In this Research Registry we seek to include patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Adults, males and females, aged 18 to 75 years
  • Suffering from a primary psychotic or mood disorder
  • Under physician care either in the community or at the hospital

Referral Process

Please fax or email referrals for consultation signed by the responsible physician attention to: 
fax #613.564.6627 or via ACCESS Mental Health.
*cannot be the inpatient psychiatrist if patient is being discharged imminently

Early Intervention Mood Disorders Program

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The Early Intervention Mood Program is a specialized sub-program of the Mood Disorders Program supported by the Alberta Health Services and the Department of Psychiatry. The Program provides timely comprehensive psychiatric assessment and when appropriate treatment services to eligible referred youth suffering from or at high-risk for a primary mood disorder.  The program is affiliated with the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and as such has an integrated teaching and research component.

Aims

  1. Accurate early identification of mood disorders in youth aged 15-25 years
  2. Accurate identification of youth at high-risk for developing mood disorders
  3. Provision of evidence based preventative, acute and prophylactic treatment
  4. Support a healthy developmental trajectory for patients and their families
  5. Prevent psychiatric and medical complications
  6. Support ethical and approved research
  7. Provide subspecialty training for health professionals

Referral Criteria

We will see in consultation patients referred by a responsible physician* who meet the following criteria:

  • Youth and young adults 15-25 years of age
  • Referral assisted by a responsible physician*
  • Suffering from a major depressive or bipolar mood disorder or at familial risk
  • Not currently before the courts

We have the capacity for limited medium to long-term or shared care for patients suffering from or at risk for a mood disorder confirmed on the basis of our initial consultation.

Referral Process

Please fax (613.564.6627) or email (brandy.bend@albertahealthservices.ca) referrals.  All referrals will be reviewed weekly and written notification will be sent promptly to the patient and their family and copied to the referral source regarding each referral request. 

*responsible physician refers to the physician who will follow-up on the consultation recommendations, and should be the treating psychiatrist if any is involved in the current care of the patient.

Referral Application
Referral Application