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We are starting an open (pro bono) International Bipolar support group for English speaking Bipolar patients.

The group aims to offer support during this period of adjustment to the corona virus.

It will run on a weekly basis, and it will be open to all English speaking patients across the world.

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I. Diagnostic assessments (clinician rated)







7. Any other diagnostic assessment as requested following consultation with our training team.

II. Symptom severity assessments (clinician rated)






6. Any other symptom severity assessment as requested following consultation with our training team.

III. Psychological assessments



3. A range of psychometric measures 

4. Any other psychological assessment as requested following consultation with our training team.

IV. BipolarLab's Programmes and Services

1. Diagnostic Services (Diagnosis and Symptom monitoring)

2. Treatment Services (CBT for Bipolar disorder and Depression)

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Commitment to Privacy


The appropriate collection, use and disclosure of patients’ personal health information is fundamental to our day-to-day operations and to patient care.

Protecting the privacy and the confidentiality of patient personal information is important to the psychologists, psychiatrists and staff at


We strive to provide our patients with excellent medical care and service. Every member of must abide by our commitment to privacy in the handling of personal information. This policy was last modified on 23/08/18.


Applicability of This Privacy Policy


Our Privacy Policy attests to our commitment to privacy and demonstrates the ways we ensure that patient privacy is protected. Our Privacy Policy applies to the personal health information of all our patients that is in our possession and control.


What is Personal Health Information?

Personal health information means identifying information about an individual relating to their physical or mental health (including medical history), the providing of health care to the individual, payments or eligibility for health care, organ and tissue donation and health number.

The 10 Principles of Privacy

Our Privacy Policy reflects our compliance with fair information practices, applicable laws and standards of practice.

1. Accountability

We take our commitment to securing patient privacy very seriously. Each physician and employee associated with the Practice is responsible for the personal information under his/her control. Our employees are informed about the importance of privacy and receive information periodically to update them about our Privacy Policy and related issues.

2. Identifying Purposes: Why We Collect Information

We ask you for information to establish a relationship and serve your medical needs. We obtain most of our information about you directly from you, or from other health practitioners whom you have seen and authorized to disclose to us. You are entitled to know how we use your information and this is described in the Privacy Statement posted at The Centre for Family Medicine. We will limit the information we collect to what we need for those purposes, and we will use it only for those purposes. We will obtain your consent if we wish to use your information for any other purpose.


3. Consent

You have the right to determine how your personal health information is used and disclosed. For most health care purposes, your consent is implied as a result of your consent to treatment, however, in all circumstances express consent must be written.


Your written Consent will be forwarded to the Privacy Officer who will document the request in patient’s medical records and notify appropriate Health care providers and their supporting staff.

Patients who have withdrawn consent to disclose PHI must sign and date the Consent to Withdrawal Form. It is understood that the consent directive applies only to the PHI which the patient has already provided, and not to PHI which the patient might provide in the future:

PHIPA permits certain collections, uses, and disclosures of the PHI, despite the consent directive; healthcare providers may override the consent directive in certain circumstances, such as emergencies; and the consent directive may result in delays in receiving health care, reduced quality of care due to healthcare provider’s lacking complete information about the patient, and healthcare provider’s refusal to offer non-emergency care.

Your written Consent to Withdrawal Form will be forwarded to the Privacy Officer who will document the request in patient’s medical records and notify appropriate Health care providers and their supporting staff.


4. Limiting Collection

We collect information by fair and lawful means and collect only that information which may be necessary for purposes related to the provision of your medical care.


5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention

The information we request from you is used for the purposes defined. We will seek your consent before using the information for purposes beyond the scope of the posted Privacy Statement.


Under no circumstances do we sell patient lists or other personal information to third parties. There are some types of disclosure of your personal health information that may occur as part of this Practice fulfilling its routine obligations and/or practice management. This includes consultants and suppliers to the Practice, on the understanding that they abide by our Privacy Policy, and only to the extent necessary to allow them to provide business services or support to this Practice.


We will retain your information only for the time it is required for the purposes we describe and once your personal information is no longer required, it will be destroyed. However, due to our on-going exposure to potential claims, some information is kept for a longer period.

Patients may be required to sign and date a Consent to Disclose PHI Form and pay a fee based on current OMA rates prior to release of information.


6. Accuracy

We endeavour to ensure that all decisions involving your personal information are based upon accurate and timely information. While we will do our best to base our decisions on accurate information, we rely on you to disclose all material information and to inform us of any relevant changes.


7. Safeguards: Protecting Your Information

We protect your information with appropriate safeguards and security measures. The Practice maintains personal information in a combination of paper and electronic files. Recent paper records concerning individuals’ personal information are stored in files kept onsite at our office. Older records may be stored securely offsite.

Access to personal information will be authorized only for the physicians and employees associated with the Practice, and other agents who require access in the performance of their duties, and to those otherwise authorized by law.

We provide information to health care providers acting on your behalf, on the understanding that they are also bound by law and ethics to safeguard your privacy. Other organizations and agents must agree to abide by our Privacy Policy and may be asked to sign contracts to that effect. We will give them only the information necessary to perform the services for which they are engaged, and will require that they not store, use or disclose the information for purposes other than to carry out those services.

Our computer systems are password-secured and constructed in such a way that only authorized individuals can access secure systems and databases.


If you send us an e-mail message that includes personal information, such as your name included in the "address", we will use that information to respond to your inquiry. Please remember that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive, you should not send it electronically unless the e-mail is encrypted or your browser indicates that the access is secure.


8. Openness: Keeping You Informed

The Practice has prepared this plain-language Privacy Policy to keep you informed. You may view a copy by visiting our website at

If you have any additional questions or concerns about privacy, we invite you to contact us by phone and we will address your concerns to the best of our ability.


9. Access and Correction

With limited exceptions, we will give you access to the information we retain about you within a reasonable time, upon presentation of a written request and satisfactory identification.

We may charge you a fee for this service and if so, we will give you notice in advance of processing your request.

If you find errors of fact in your personal health information, please notify us as soon as possible and we will make the appropriate corrections. We are not required to correct information relating to clinical observations or opinions made in good faith. You have a right to append a short statement of disagreement to your record if we refuse to make a requested change.

If we deny your request for access to your personal information, we will advise you in writing of the reason for the refusal and you may then challenge our decision.


10. Challenging Compliance

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have about your privacy or our Privacy Policy. We will investigate and respond to your concerns about any aspect of our handling of your information.


In most cases, an issue is resolved simply by telling us about it and discussing it. You can reach us at:


Dr Yanni Malliaris

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Asimaki Fotila 3, Athens, Greece



If, after contacting us, you feel that your concerns have not been addressed to your satisfaction, you have the right to complain to the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Athens, Greece.


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Decision Making and Risk in people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Project Title: Decision making and risk in people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

My name is Anna Chiara Sicilia and I am conducting this research as a student on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Lancaster University.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore the links between the way in which people diagnosed with bipolar disorder make sense of their daily experiences and make decisions and their likelihood of taking risks in everyday life.

We answer all your questions regarding our forthcoming Bipolar Sailing Trip in Greece! In case you may have any more questions, please feel free to contact us

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For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) its always ourselves we find in the sea - E. E. Cummings

- enjoy a nice week of sailing along with relaxation and mindfulness exercises

- make new friends who also have an interest in bipolar disorder

- be part of the first ever Bipolar Sailing Trip!

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Professor Goodwin's recent blog post on the mental health elf blog is very helpful in terms of summarising some of the problems we have with structured psychological therapies across most psychological disorders not just bipolar disorder. He is also a much respected figure and scientist in the field of Bipolar disorders in UK and internationally. It is also very encouraging that despite his significant involvement and contribution to pharmacological treatments of bipolar disorder, more recently he has been involved in the therapeutic role of psycho-education.

However, it is very disconcerting to read that psychoeducation as a psychosocial treatment modality in bipolar disorder is based on some coherent model of Bipolar disorder, whereas the other structured psychosocial treatments (CBT, IPSRT, FFT) are lacking in this respect.

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A recent interview and book publication by the former Olympic champion Suzy Hamilton reveals how her bipolar disorder led to her to become a high class prostitute. The only certainty is that her "bipolar disorder", and the bipolar disorder of most of our patients, do not lead them to a career in prostitution.

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О BipolarLab это новаторская частная клиническая практика, которая обеспечивает специализированные диагностические и лечебные программы  основанные на фактических данных для пациентов с биполярным расстройством и рекуррентной депрессии во всем мире.

Вся наша забота и программы поставляются и через Интернет, в комфорте дома наших пациентов на английском, русском и греческом языке. Эти программы также предлагаются локально в наших офисах в Афинах, /Греция/ и Лондоне, /Великобритания/.

BipolarLab был основан как исследовательская лаборатория Dr. Yanni Malliaris, B.Sc., P.hD в Institute of Psychiatry, King's College в 2002 году и утвердился в день святого Валентина в Афинах, /Греция/ в 2011 году.

Наше видение и миссия

• Обеспечениe высокого качества диагностики и выявления симптомов у людей с биполярным расстройством и рекуррентной депрессией.

• Обеспечение наиболее эффективного лечения и ухода за людьми с биполярным расстройством и рекуррентной депрессиией.

• Развитие нашего знания в диагностике, выявлении и лечении биполярного расстройства и рекуррентной депрессии.


Мы считаем, что люди с биполярным расстройством и рекуррентной депрессией могут вести здоровый и продуктивный образ жизни, взяв под  контроль их болезнь и стать полноправными участниками ухода за собои, с помощью их семей, друзей и поставщиков лечения. Точное понимание этих расстройств, а также правильная методика и услуги, для контролированния их развития необходимы для того, чтобы добиться восстановления и поддержания стабильности.

Мы считаем, что эффективные услуги и методы лечения могут быть разработаны только посредством систематического клинического исследования. Таким образом, в нашей работе мы сочетаем практику с исследованием и привлечением наших пациентов во все этапы наших программ и предоставлением наших услуг в рамках хорошо разработаного исследования.

Мы считаем, что настоящие, ориентированные на пациента услуги могут быть разработаны только путем прямого частного финансирования от пациентов и их родственников, а также организаций пациента, чьих основная цель может быть только обеспечение собственной заботы и благополучия.

Мы верим в конфиденциальность пациента и его выбора, которые имеют первостепенное значение для всех наших действий.


Наша История

Наша частная практика развита в результате Dr. Yanni Malliaris (нашего основателя и генерального директора, Dr. Yanni Malliaris) усилия по завершению докторантуры в Институте психиатрии Королевского колледжа Лондона. Хотя, в реальности деятельность уже началась еще в его детские годы, когда Dr. Yanni Malliaris пытался понять и контролировать биполярную болезнь своего отца.

Позже в его профессиональной работе, личный опыт и контакт со многими биполярными пациентами, он начал ценить необходимость независимой "человек основа" услуги чтобы помочь биполярным контролировать изменения их состояния. Ознакомившись со многими новыми эксперементальными лечениями в Институте психиатрии и видя значительность преимущества "дополнительной" помощи пациентам по сравнению с TAU ('Лечение, как обычно, "), он стал еще более убежден, что эта модель лечения основанная на фактических данных должна стать доступной для всех пациентов.

После почти десяти лет работы в Институте психиатрии и успешного завершения докторской степени, Dr. Yanni Malliaris решил продолжить свою работу на частной основе через В 2008 году он основал EDO-эллинская Биполярная организация, первая национальная некоммерческая организация Греции для биполярных пациентов.

Услуги, разработанные и предлагаемые через и EDO являются продуктом жизниного опыта с биполярным расстройством, а также тщательного и систематического исследования, которые были финансируемы многими научно-исследовательскими организациями в Великобритании. Тем не менее, основные участники были и всегда будут пациенты, которые принимали участие и будут продолжать участвовать в наших научно-исследовательских проектах и услугах, а мы выражаем им наши искренние благодарности.

BipolarLab Уход


Специализированный уход и программы BipolarLab охватывает весь спектр диагностики, выявления симптомов, образования и лечения биполярного расстройства и рекуррентной депрессии. Новинка в нашем подходе, конечно, наш опыт и наша ориентация исключительно на биполярное расстройство и рекуррентную депрессию.

Наша приверженность и использование оценок на основе исследований на протяжении всей нашей программы, а также дистанционная доставка почти всей нашей услуги через Интернет и по телефону, составляют уникальные особенности нашего сервиса.

Наконец, мы гордимся в предоставлении наших услуг с кротостью и заботой, и столько, сколько мы можем с юмором.

Наши образовательные и обучающие программы были разработаны для распространения наших знаний и опыта по расстройству настроения и для пациентов и родственников, а также студентов и профессионалов. Знание своего расстройства, особенно биполярного расстройства, имеет решающее значение в его эффективном самоуправлении и важной отправной точкой  для взаимодействия  в эффективных методах лечения.

Наш метод диагностики и определения симптомов был разработан для наилучшего подхода к клинической потребности человека, чтобы установить диагноз (если есть) и одновременно информировать пациентов и родственников о симптомах, диагностике и наилучших возможностях лечения. Мы используем подтвержденый золотой стандарт интервью и само-отчет психометрических мер, которые, как правило, практикуются в эксперементальных лечениях в специализированных академических клинических центрах. Такие услуги, доступны только некотрым пациентам, которые проживют  в географическом районе, где такие исследования имеют место, которым повезло быть выбраными для участия в таких программах. Благодаря исследованиям, проведенным через эту лабораторию с 2002 года, мы даже улучшили некоторые из этих диагностических методик и разработали некоторые наши собственные.

Наши программы лечения следуют той же философии. Мы предоставляем специализированную когнитивно-поведенческую терапию биполярного расстройства, поддерживающую психотерапию, и нутритивную поддержку дистанционно по всему миру. . Мы также предоставляем медицинскую помощь (лечение и госпитализация) локально в Лондоне, /Великобритания/ и Афинах, /Греция/. Мы стремимся, к терапиям, основанных на доказательствах как рекомендовано международными руководящими принципами лечения. Не смотря на то что мы следуем лечению, основанному на протоколе у нас есть опыт и достаточно понимния к индивидуальным потребностям наших пациентов.

Также, мы предоставляем исследования и клинические консультационные услуги другим компаниям, клиникам и отдельным специалистам / студентам.

Наша цель и опыт в предоставлении такого клинического ухода и услуги через Интернет означает, что любой пациент, который отвечает нашим клиническим и научно-исследовательским критериям сможет извлечь выгоду из нашей работы.



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Non-adherence in the treatment of bipolar disorder is a very common phenomenon, which has been addressed by various researchers. The negative consequences may include relapse, hospitalization, impairment in everyday functioning, and it can be costly.

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In our clinical work at BipolarLab, we often come across bipolar patients who seek help when they are depressed. Depression may be the most common symptom, and the most frequent episode of bipolar disorder, but it is not always the most urgent phase to treat. Manic episodes may be more urgent, and more dangerous. Nevertheless, it takes an experienced, and a well trained bipolar patient to seek help once manic. Depressive episodes with increased suicidal ideation or psychotic symptoms can be equally urgent, but for the most common depressive episodes urgency is a matter of choice.

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Reading so many articles about holidays and depression but at the same time working almost exclusively with bipolar patients, I wondered too. Is Christmas good for your Bipolar disorder? What can I really tell you or to our patients about this?

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Bipolar disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of depression and/or abnormally elevated mood (known as mania) that interfere with psychosocial functioning (see our guide). Depressive symptoms, along with cognitive difficulties in planning, problem solving, attention and memory, are known to be related to low psychosocial functioning and in particular occupational functioning (Bauer et al., 2001; Goldstein & Burdick, 2008).

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The BipolarLab clinicians and staff celebrate the National Bipolar Awareness Day by offering to all bipolar friends a free MoodPulse-Mini session. You get:


1. A psychometric assessment of your mood (mania, depression, anxiety) and ability to function.


2. Mood measurement with gold-standard psychometric instruments.


3. A User-friendly report delivered immediately in your inbox and in your doctor's/therapist's email.


For more information about MoodPulse-Mini see here:


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All assessments are provided all over the world via Skype (in English or Greek) with the assistance of a friendly BipolarLab facilitator.


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Dear BipolarLab Friends,

We are pleased to announce a pilot trial based on BipolarLab's specialist services.

Since our launch, in 2011, we have been working hard to deliver the best evidence-based programs for patients with Bipolar disorder and recurrent depression remotely all over the world. We have learned a lot since that time, and we are now in a position to take up a few patients at a minimal cost (25 euros per session instead of the normal rate of 70-100 euros).

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Bipolar disorder is a serious mental disorder that disrupts the emotional and social lives of people who suffer from it.

Patients with bipolar disorder experience intense periods of mania, where they tend to feel over optimistic or even grandiose, and often become overly social or even inappropriate in their contact with other people. This is something they usually regret and feel ashamed of later, but they have little control over their behavior when they are manic. They also tend to experience periods of depression, where they become withdrawn and isolate themselves. When they do not experience a mood episode, they tend to be fairly well and very likable and cherish the friendship of others, but the effects of their previous episodes persist. The mood episodes disrupt their social lives, and as a result they are often isolated. The lack of a supportive network of friends makes their lives even more difficult to bear, increases their risk to become unwell again, and delays their recovery.

Our BipolarLab eBuddy program aims to develop a network of BipolarLab eBuddies who will volunteer their time to befriend at least one bipolar patient who will be undergoing supervised treatment by a BipolarLab professional.

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Bipolar disorder has been found to be “the sixth most disabling medical condition”(Murray & Lopez, 1997). Bipolar patients often have other medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease and both depression and mania are phases that are associated with significant problems in activity. Therefore, one cannot help but realize the need to look into more depth the complex relationship between physical activity and bipolar disorder. Even though many studies in the past have tried to look at this relationship, it is only recently that advances in accelerometer technologies are beginning to help us to measure accurately activity patterns in bipolar disorder.

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Members's area

Welcome to your private BipolarLab member's place. Here you will have access to a number of private services offered only to our registered members. In order to become a BipolarLab member you need to participate either in our symptom monitoring or treatment programs. Feel free to contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to learn more.

As a private BipolarLab member you will be able to:


  • Assess your mood state at any time with MoodPulse Mini.

  • Have immediate (within 12 hours) support from a BipolarLab facilitator.

  • Join our eLearning platform and learn from Bipolar Academy.



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We wish you a very merry and cheery Christmas and a Happy New Year with a moodeat turkey recipe specially prepared for you to help you cope with the Christmas Blues.

We know it takes a lot more than a moodeat turkey, but every little thing you do helps!

Remember to prepare it with a group of supportive friends and loving family members.

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