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Being critical of yourself or being on the receiving end of other people’s criticism is a challenge. Add a mood disorder in the recipe and the impact of criticism becomes even more explosive.

Early research by Julian Leff at the Institute of Psychiatry and David Goldberg at UCLA on schizophrenia focused on the role of “expressed emotion” in families. They coined this term to essentially describe a negative and critical communication style that appeared to characterize many of the families who had members suffering from schizophrenia.

 

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It’s that time of the year again – spring. Our interest in life literally springs up, our moods and love life improve and many patients with bipolar disorder begin to experience their first signs of hypomania.

Call it a seasonal effect, blame it on light or the forthcoming changes in our social routines, spring appears to be a period that every bipolar and their family should keep an eye on.

So what better time than now to write about our bipolar fleas – the early warning signs of manic and depressive relapses?

 

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Dear Bipolar friends,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our new bipolar blog hosted by Psychcentral.comBipolar Trek: The Voyages of BipolarLab.

I met Dr John Grohol quite early in my online psychology days back in 1996 when he was starting Psychcentral.com, and I was beginning my psychology degree in rainy Scotland. Since that time a lot has changed and I was always happy to see Psychcentral’s tremendous growth driven by John’s passion and energy for mental health education.

 

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Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce our forthcoming workshop with Professor Carl Lejuez that will take place on the 17th of March 2012 in Athens, Greece.

Professor Carl Lejuez is one of the leading clinical psychologists in the field of Behavior therapy for Mood disorders and has agreed to visit Greece to deliver an intensive workshop on the application of Behavior Activation Therapy for the treatment of Mood disorders. I will also present my work on the application of this therapeutic model for the treatment of Bipolar depression.

Behavior Activation Therapy is the most effective treatment for unipolar depression and holds great promise for the treatment of bipolar depression. It is now more than ever that we need evidence based and effective psychotherapeutic treatments for the treatment of mood disorders.

Please note that thanks to Professor Lejuez we have a very low attendance fee that we hope will enable the participation of all interested colleagues and students. Please read below for further information about the workshop. http://edoba.bipolar.gr

We welcome participants from all over the world. Visiting Greece at this time of the year would be a delightful experience despite all the negative press about the impending Greek doom.

I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

With best wishes,

Dr Yanni Malliaris

 

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Our Training programmes have been designed to disseminate our knowledge and experience with mood disorders both to patients and relatives as well as students and professionals. Knowledge of one's disorder, especially Bipolar disorder, is critical in its effective self-management, and an important starting point for engaging with effective treatments. Our training programme for mental health professionals provides advanced training on the diagnosis and CBT treatment of Bipolar disorder. Finally we provide research and clinical consultancy services to other companies, clinics and individual practitioners/students. Our focus and experience in delivering such clinical care and services remotely over the internet means that any patient who meets our clinical and research criteria will be able to benefit from our work.

We provide specialist training for professionals and students on a number of mental health assessments and also on our diagnostic and treatment programmes. The training is usually arranged on an individual basis and can be charged either at an hourly rate or per training course/unit. We can also train and certify your medical and other mental health staff for using these assessments and to assist your team to establish good inter-rater reliability. Training can be provided in English, Greek. Training can be provided remotely at any location in the world via our e-learning platform or locally in our offices in Athens, Greece. Our training team members (psychologists and psychiatrists) are not only experienced trainers but have used all these gold-standard assessments on many well-funded research trials that have resulted in peer-reviewed publications.

Contact us with your questions and request to receive further information about our professional training services. We will do our best to arrange a training package tailored to your needs.

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You can pay for your services using the following methods. For any payments you make remember to provide your name or any other information that will help us to identify your payment. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

1. Internet

1. 1 Paypal (accepts all major credit cards)

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2. Bank Account in UK (via bank transfer)

2. 1 Bank of Scotland

Account holder: Ioannis G. Malliaris

IBAN: GB36BOFS80912900499361

 

3. Bank Accounts in Greece (via bank transfer)

3. 1 Pireaus Bank

Account holder: Ioannis G. Malliaris

IBAN:  GR3901720260005026040004812

3. 2 National Bank of Greece

Account holder: Ioannis G. Malliaris

ΙΒΑΝ: GR3601101670000016763799158

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Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

We have been keeping busy with our clinical work and service development in Greece. We have many new developments for our international audience for 2012! Among the most notable our specialist Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT programme and our new Free Bipolar Chemistry Meetings

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2012 and we look forward to meeting you through our wee bipolar chemistry meetings!

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...our wee first meeting!

We love the work we do, and we believe that we provide great specialist bipolar care that it will be very difficult for you to find online or locally - even in a great academic centre.

We also understand that the programs we have available may appear too complex or daunting to understand just by reading our information sheets. Indeed, some of our first patients were Doctors and Professors. You don't have to be a Professor to benefit from our clinical care!

We want to make sure that you really know what we can do for you and how we may be able to help you.

Getting your bipolar care over the web may be new to you, so this would be your chance to see what it feels like, and whether it is right for you.

We also know that having the right "chemistry" with our team is vital for both of us to make this work. Maybe we will like each other, maybe we won't.

We can always try.

So if you want to meet with us, and to clarify any questions you may have, we are happy to provide a first Bipolar Chemistry Meeting at no cost to you. This is not going to be a consultation or a clinical evaluation of your condition, but more of a meeting where you briefly get to know us a bit better, and chat about our programmes and your concerns.

We can answer in detail all questions you may have about our clinical care and we can decide together what's good for you.

We know that you will respect our time and effort, and you will make the best use of your free Bipolar Chemistry Meeting.

We look forward to talking with you.

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1. What is the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Programme?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a specialist psychological treatment for people who experience difficulties with their emotional health. The CBT model focuses on the role of our thinking and behavior in maintaining our emotional health. It is the psychotherapy with the best empirical evidence base for the treatment of mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety). The aim of the therapy is to alleviate acute episodes of depression, hypomania and anxiety states and also to prevent the occurrence of new mood episodes.


2. What does it offer?

• Clinical and psychological evaluation; formulation of psychosocial history

• Psycho-education on mood disorders

• Training on the CBT model of mood disorders

• Training on effective mood and symptom monitoring methods

• Development of coping skills that help to manage early warning signs of relapse

• Development of coping skills that help to manage negative and stressful events, anxiety states, sleep difficulties, and social and work routines

• Treatment of dysfunctional thoughts, attitudes, core-beliefs, and other behaviors that trigger and maintain emotional disorders

• Treatment of depression, hypomania, anxiety and prevention of new episodes (depression, mania, psychosis)

• Improvement of social and work functioning and emotional well-being.

CBT therapy provides an opportunity to people with bipolar disorder and depression to achieve stability in their life and to improve their functioning by acquiring effective coping skills. It has a solid evidence base provided by many treatment trials conducted at specialist academic centers across the world (two of the most notable trials have been conducted at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London by Prof. Dominic Lam studies and Harvard university in the STEP-BD trial)


3. What it cannot do?

Patients who are not willing or able to consent to this treatment and carry out the required homework cannot benefit by CBT therapy. In most circumstances patients also need to be on medication. Patients who are currently manic cannot participate in or benefit by CBT therapy.


4. How it works?

You first need to book an initial consultation with a BipolarLab mental health professional. In the meeting you will be given information about the programme, its objectives and rules of operation. Then we will discuss your current problems and circumstances and review your mental health history. You will be asked to complete one brief questionnaire that will have questions about your mood and personality. In order to start it is important that you are not in a current crisis (especially in a manic episode) but of course you may have some symptoms. The meetings take place over the internet or on the phone once a week at a fixed pre-scheduled time and last for one hour (60 minutes).

The programme that offers both cognitive and behavioral therapy lasts for approximately 30 weeks/sessions. A shorter programme that offers only behavioral therapy for depression lasts only 12 weeks/sessions (Behavior Activation Therapy). And finally the CBT programme that focuses only on your early warning signs and your relapse prevention plan lasts for 4 weeks/sessions.


5. Who conducts the CBT therapy?

Dr Yanni Malliaris is the primary CBT therapist. Dr Malliaris has studied and worked with leading clinical psychologists in the field of CBT therapy of mood disorders. Two of the most important were Professor Dominic Lam at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (the father of CBT therapy for Bipolar disorder) and Professor Ivar Lovaas at UCLA (the father of Behavior therapy for autism). Other important clinical psychologists that he has studied with who have also influenced his work include Professor Kevin Power (Stirling university), Professor Constance Hammen (UCLA), and Professor Chris Brewin (UCL).

 

6. How do you know it works?

We know it works because all our services are based on well funded data-driven research that has demonstrated the effectiveness of each intervention. This research has also been published in peer-reviewed journals, which means that the quality of the work has been under strict scientific evaluation. We use the same protocols, measures and procedures that have been used in important clinical trials. We always aim to achieve the same or even better results.

 

Selected representative studies

Lam DH, Watkins ER, Hayward P, Bright J, Wright K, Kerr N, Parr-Davis G, Sham P.
A randomized controlled study of cognitive therapy for relapse prevention for bipolar affective disorder: outcome of the first year. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Feb;60(2):145-52.

Lam DH, McCrone P, Wright K, Kerr N.
Cost-effectiveness of relapse-prevention cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder: 30-month study.
Br J Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;186:500-6.

Miklowitz DJ, Otto MW, Frank E, Reilly-Harrington NA, Kogan JN, Sachs GS, Thase ME, Calabrese JR, Marangell LB, Ostacher MJ, Patel J, Thomas MR, Araga M, Gonzalez JM, Wisniewski SR.
Intensive psychosocial intervention enhances functioning in patients with bipolar depression: results from a 9-month randomized controlled trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Sep;164(9):1340-7.

Hopko DR, Lejuez CW, Ruggiero KJ, Eifert GH.
Contemporary behavioral activation treatments for depression: procedures, principles, and progress. Clin Psychol Rev. 2003 Oct;23(5):699-717.

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1. What is the specialist psychopharmacological treatment Programme?

Our specialist psychopharmacological treatment programme aims to help patients who have difficulties with their emotional health. The primary aim of this treatment is to treat acute mood episodes, and to prevent the emergence of new episodes (prophylaxis) using psychotropic medications.


2. What does it offer?

• Clinical Evaluation & detailed medical history

• Detailed recording of previous psychotropic treatments

• Lab work and evaluation of each patient's blood  and metabolic profile

• Patient and family psychoeducation about the different medication options

• Specialist psychotropic care integrated with specialist psychosocial treatment

• Advanced monitoring of the psychotropic treatments and the treatment response

• Continuous monitoring of potential side-effects and prompt aleviation/treatment.

• Continuous monitoring of the psychotropic treatment and careful adjustment according to patient's needs.

Our specialist psychopharmacological treatment programme helps patients with bipolar disorder, depression and related mood disorders, to achieve their desired stability in life and to improve their functioning. The treatment works best in combination with our diagnostic, symptom monitoring, and psychosocial treatment programmes. Our treatment approach adopts a dynamic and integrative way of working both with medications and psychosocial interventions. This integrative approach helps us to avoid using multiple medications (polypharmacy) and as a consequence we have fewer problems with side effects and compliance. In essence we keep our patients well and happy with few meds and a better way of life.

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1. What is the lifestyle support service (Bipolar & Fit)?

The lifestyle support service Bipolar & Fit is a specialized supportive intervention for patients with low levels of physical activity and excess body weight who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or recurrent depression. The service aims to advise and assist each individual to develop skills that will help them change their unhealthy lifestyle, as evidence suggests that such a lifestyle often leads to obesity and chronic metabolic diseases. This is an important and usually neglected problem that often becomes an additional burden to the already difficult lives of patients with bipolar disorder and recurrent depression.


2. What does it offer?

• Proposes a personalised plan of physical activity and nutritional health 
• Sets realistic goals for the reduction of body weight 
• Supports fitness and wellness improvement
• Aims to reduce overeating and eating disorders 
• Educates patients and their family on how to implement a healthy physical activity regime and a proper nutrition plan
• Helps to improve self image and improves eating patterns and eating related stress 
• Indirectly improves chronic mood difficulties 
• Provides additional support in order to facilitate further engagement with exercise activities in the open field (nordic walking, trekking, jogging, swimming, sailing) as well as in the gym (aerobic and strengthening exercises)


3. What it cannot do?

The Bipolar & Fit programme cannot replace medical services. Also, it cannot involve patients who have already developed a major chronic physical illness as a result of their unhealthy lifestyle and mood disorder.


4. How it works?

Every patient who wants to take part in the Bipolar & Fit programme makes a first consultation appointment with a mental health professional who assesses their present mental condition and history. This is appointment is then followed by a second consultation with a specialist exercise scientist/nutrionist who assesses their present physical health condition, lifestyle and nutritional habits. If the patient is suitable then future appointments are arranged with the exercise scientist/nutrionist who will develop an individualised treatment plan of nutritional health and physical activity. Depending on the needs of the patient and the programme future appointments take place on a regular basis.

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Awards given to Dr Yanni Malliaris

2007/2008 Psychiatry Research Trust (£2070)

2005/2007 MRC Trial Platform Grant – (£220,000) (Co-applicant with Professors Scott & Ferrier)

2004/2007 British Council ARC Scholarship – Medical Informatics Scheme (£2,260)

06/2000 Ashley Montagu Academic Promise Award for 2000 ($1000)

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1st International Congress on Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology & European Psychiatric Association Conference on Treatment Guidance.

19-11-2009, Thessaloniki, Greece: iMonitor v1: A user-friendly electronic diary for Bipolar patients.

Symposium: Kraepelin Digitised: New Technologies for Monitoring the Course of Bipolar Disorder.

You can find more about the presentation here: http://symposium09.bipolar.gr

38th Annual Conference of the British Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP)
16-19/07/2008, Edinburgh Scotland: iMonitor v1: A user-friendly electronic diary for Bipolar patients.

 

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1. Diagnostic Programmes for Bipolar Disorder and Recurrent Depression

1. 1 Initial Consultation and Clinical Evaluation
- Our very first clinical evaluation. We learn about your clinical history and evaluate your clinical needs in a relaxed manner.

1. 2 My Mood Pulse
- We measure your mood! Our Expert Mood-Monitoring Facilitators provide the best possible measure of your mood state. This is your Bipolar Thermometer service!

1. 3 Diagnostic Programme - Prodromos Diagnosis (10 weeks)
- Our groundbreaking diagnostic service. We screen and diagnose every possible psychiatric diagnosis you may have (or not have). This is by far  one of the most comprehensive diagnostic services we are aware of in our field.

1. 4 Symptom Monitoring Programme - Prodromos Monitoring
- Our groundbreaking symptom monitoring service. We monitor your symptoms and mood state and train you to do so in the best possible way. Like our diagnostic service, this is by far the most comprehensive symptom monitoring service in the mental health world!


2. Treatment Services for Bipolar Disorder and Recurrent Depression

2. 1 Specialist Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Programme
- Our ground breaking specialist CBT programme provides therapy for your depression, anxiety and hypomania. If you are well then you will learn how not to relapse again, and to improve your functioning. You can only find this specialist therapy in the academic literature, and in highly specialist research centers. Dr Yanni Malliaris, your CBT therapist, has trained with the founding fathers of this therapy.

2. 2 Specialist Psychopharmacological Treatment Programme
- Our medication programme provides treatment for all phases of bipolar disorder. It is highly integrated with our specialist psychosocial treatments.

2. 3 Specialist Psychological Support (befriending)
- We provide psychological support through the ups and downs of your life. Our specialist psychologists are always there for you attending to your emotional needs and well-being.

2. 4 Specialist Nutrition & Exercise Support (bipolar & fit)
- We provide counseling on your nutrition and exercise habits. Our specialist nutrition and physical health educator is there for your dietary and physical health needs.

 

3. Training for Bipolar Disorder and Recurrent Depression

3. 1 Professional Training on Diagnosis and CBT treatment of Bipolar disorder

3. 2 Webinar: Bipolar Disorder Simplified
- Our introductory seminar on Bipolar disorder and related mood disorders. We make it plain and simple for you to get you started.

3. 3 Webinar: Bipolar and Fit
- Learn about the role of exercice and nutrition on your emotional health. The ancient Greeks used to say "a sound mind in a sound body" (Νοῦς ὑγιὴς ἐν σώματι ὑγιεῖ)

3. 4 Consulting on research, service development and new technologies
- Our consulting services are there for all your project and company needs. Our teams' expertise will help you advance your cause.

 


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1. Check your mood pulse with the best tools available!
2. With the help of an expert mood monitoring facilitator! 
3. Get a user-friendly report the next day for you and/or your doctor.

If you simply wish to assess your current mood state without engaging in one of our more complex and long-term diagnostic or treatment programmes, then our Mood Pulse service is what you are after!

You can check your "mood pulse" whenever you need it with this single-shot diagnostic assessment service.

We use the best psychometric tools and the most advanced clinical interviews to assess and measure your mood.

More so, our Mood Monitoring Facilitators are experts in measuring moods and most of them have completed hundreds if not more such assessments for many important clinical trials and specialist clinics at the Institute of Psychiatry and other esteemed research centres across the world.

The whole Mood Pulse session should last approximately 40-60 minutes (depending on your mood and other symptoms) and the following day you will receive a complete report with your scores from all the measures we used during your assessment.

We do our best to describe the results in a user-friendly way that you should be able to understand without much trouble and at the same time we provide all the scientific information needed for your doctor, psychologist and other treating clinicians to help them optimize your treatment.

My Mood Pulse assessments usually check your current mood state (past 24 hours, past week and past month) but it is possible if you wish to check your mood state for any other previous period in your life.

My Mood Pulse Service Facts

1. 40-60 minutes human-based expert assessment (we use technology to advance our clinical expertise not to replace our experts!)

2. Mood measurement with gold-standard psychometric instruments and semi-structured interviews

3. User-friendly reports with written and oral explanations

4. Check your mood for any time-frame you like (current time: past week - past month, or life-time ever: any period in your life)

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1. Check your mood pulse with the best psychometric tools available!
2. With the help of our easy to use automated web system.  
3. Get a user-friendly report immediately, email it to your doctor and/or your therapist, and keep track of your progress.

If you simply wish to assess your current mood state without engaging in one of our more complex and long-term diagnostic or treatment programmes, then our Mood Pulse Mini service is what you are after!

You can check your "mood pulse" whenever you need it with this single-shot diagnostic assessment service.

We use the best psychometric tools to assess and measure your mood.

The Mood Pulse Mini relies on validated psychometric measures that have been developed to measure your symptoms and current state without the need of expensive human clinical input.

It is far more accurate, comprehensive and at the same time easier to remember to complete than daily mood diaries. At best you need to complete it 4 times per month rather than 30 times per month (or once per month) in order to have a valid measure of your progress.

It helps you to monitor your symptoms and levels of Mania, Depression, Anxiety, and current ability to Function at different domains in your life.

The Mood Pulse Mini takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete (depending on your mood and other symptoms) and you receive a complete report with your scores immediately in your inbox.

We do our best to describe the results in a user-friendly way that you should be able to understand without much trouble and at the same time we provide all the scientific information needed for your doctor, psychologist and other treating clinicians to help them optimize your treatment.

The Mood Pulse Mini assessments usually check your current mood state (past 24 hours, past week and past month) but it is possible if you wish to check your mood state for any other previous period in your life.

Mood Pulse Mini Service Facts

1. 5-10 minutes automatic psychometric assessment of your mood (mania, depression, anxiety) and ability to function.

2. Mood measurement with gold-standard psychometric instruments.

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

4. Ability to track your progress on a weekly, monthly, quarterly basis during your treatment.

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We are currently running two online research studies. These are fairly simple to do. You will only have to complete a couple of online questionnaires for each study and describe some of your experiences. Both studies are open to people with mental health difficulties and people without. There is of course no cost involved in participating in any of these studies. As a courtesy we provide free consultations and variable discounts for our private care to all research participants. At the end of each study or every time we publish an article you will receive a copy of it. If you wish to participate to future studies you may also sign up to our research mailing list or join our facebook page and twitter account.

 

1. Energy, Activity, and Mood Across the World web study: http://bit.ly/webstudy1

Brief study description: In this study we are looking at how changes in mood, energy and activity levels affect the behaviour of people across the world. Instead of looking simply at negative emotional states, we are primarily interested in positive mood states and their impact in people's social life and work. If you decide to participate you will be asked to complete 5 brief web-questionnaires and provide some simple demographic information (age, gender, country etc.). This study also includes the hypomanic check list questionnaire, which is a research tool that we have been validating over the past few years for screening Bipolar disorder. If you complete the study one of our BipolarLab Psychologist will have a free consultation with you to discuss your results. If you like have a more thorough evaluation and to find out more about whether you have a bipolar disorder or any other mental health condition, please see our Diagnostic services that have been designed with this purpose in mind.

Time required: This study will only take 15 minutes of your time.

Web-Link: You can take part in the online-web version of the study by using the following link: http://bit.ly/webstudy1

 

2. Attachment Style & Childhood Experiences web study: http://is.gd/UNt1

Brief study description: In this study we are investigating the attachment style and childhood experiences of people who have a history of psychosis or bipolar disorder and people who have no such mental health histories. Attachment style is a term psychologists use to refer to the different ways people have learned to relate to the people they feel most close to, mainly from their experiences when they were young. We also want to understand whether there are any cultural differences in the attachment styles of people from African-Caribbean, White-British and other cultural backgrounds. We feel that the attachment and childhood experiences of people from other cultural backgrounds have not been studied enough and we would like to change this. A better understanding of these experiences may help us to improve the experience of the clinical services people receive when in need.

Time required: This study should take a bit longer to complete, approximately 30 minutes of your time.

Web-Link: You can take part in the online-web version of the study by using the following link:  http://is.gd/UNt1

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Highlights : Dr Yanni Malliaris :: Dr Eirini Manthou :: Dr Ruth Ohlsen

 


Publication Highlights

Malliaris, Y. (2010). A Prospective Investigation of Bipolar Sub-syndromal Symptoms and their Variability: Their Presence and Impact in the Course of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Illness). Doctoral Thesis. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London.

Malliaris, Y. (2010) MyiMonitor.com v. 1: a user-friendly mobile electronic diary for bipolar patients. Annals of General Psychiatry, 9 (Suppl 1):S12

Malliaris, Y., Ferrier, N., Scott, J. (2006) Monitoring Bipolarity in the 21st Century: The MRC London/Newcastle eMonitoring Trial. Poster presented at the Edinburgh Conference of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (2-4 August 2006) Bipolar Disorders, 8 (Suppl. 1), 1–68

Laerhoven, K. V., Gellersen, H., Malliaris, Y. (2006) Long-Term Activity Monitoring with a Wearable Sensor Node. Body Sensor Network Conference. April 3 - 5, 2006, MIT Media Lab, Workshop paper

Manthou E, Gill JMR, Wright A, Malkova D. Behavioural compensatory adjustments to exercise training in overweight women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009; 42(6): 1121-1128. ISSN 0195-9131.

Ohlsen RI, Aitchison KJ. The pharmacological management of bipolar affective disorder.  MIMS Advances in Bipolar Disorders, Issue 1, March 2009

Ohlsen RI, Peacock G, Smith S (2005). Developing a Service to Monitor and Improve Physical Health in People with Serious Mental Illness. J Psychiatr  Ment Health Nurs, 12(5):614-9

Ohlsen RI, O’Toole MS, Taylor TM, Purvis RG, Walters JT, Jones HM,  Pilowsky LS (2004). Clinical effectiveness in first episode patients. Eur  Neuropsychopharmacol, 14 Suppl 4 S445-41

 

Dr Yanni Malliaris

Malliaris, Y. (2010). A Prospective Investigation of Bipolar Sub-syndromal Symptoms and their Variability: Their Presence and Impact in the Course of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Illness). Doctoral Thesis. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London.

Bhugra, D., Malliaris, Y., Gupta, S. (2010) How Shrinks Think. Australian Psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 5, p.391-3

Malliaris, Y. (2010) MyiMonitor.com v. 1: a user-friendly mobile electronic diary for bipolar patients. Annals of General Psychiatry, 9 (Suppl 1):S12

Bauer, M., Glenn, T., Grof, P., Rasgon, N. L., Marsh, W., Sagduyu, K., Alda, M. Murray, G., Quiroz, D., Malliaris, Y., Sasse, J., Pilhatsch, M., Whybrow, P. C. (2009) Relationship among latitude, climate, season and self-reported mood in bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Watkins, E., Scott, J., Wingrove, J., Rimes, K., Bathurst, N., Steiner H., Kennell-Webb, Malliaris, Y. (2007) Rumination-focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Residual Depression: a case series. Behavior Research and Therapy.

Malliaris, Y., Ferrier, N., Scott, J. (2006) Monitoring Bipolarity in the 21st Century: The MRC London/Newcastle eMonitoring Trial. Poster presented at the Edinburgh Conference of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (2-4 August 2006) Bipolar Disorders, 8 (Suppl. 1), 1–68

Laerhoven, K. V., Gellersen, H., Malliaris, Y. (2006) Long-Term Activity Monitoring with a Wearable Sensor Node. Body Sensor Network Conference. April 3 - 5, 2006, MIT Media Lab, Workshop paper

Malliaris, Y., Watkins, E., Scott, J. (2006) Intrusive memories in residual depression: A test of Brewin’s Schema Activation Hypothesis. Poster presented at the International Society of Affective Disorders (ISAD) Lisbon Conference (3 - 6 March 2006)

Malliaris, Y., Scott, J. (2005) Use of technology in Bipolar Disorders. Letter in response to Bauer et al.(2004) Bipolar Disorders in Clinical Practice

Lam, D., Donaldson, C., Brown, Y., Malliaris, Y. (2005) Burden and Marital and Sexual Satisfaction in the Partners of Bipolar Patients. Bipolar Disorders. 7 (5); 431

Schaerer, L. & Malliaris, Y. (2003). The Palm Life Chart: an electronic mood diary for patients with Bipolar disorders. Poster presented at the 1st UK Mental Health Informatics conference organised by Computers in Psychiatry Special Interest Group (CIPSIG), Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Malliaris, Y. (2003). Life-Charting: Methodological advances in Bipolar disorder. Pendulum(Patient magazine published by the MDF The Bipolar Organisation, http://www.mdf.org.uk)

Malliaris, Y. (1999). Sociotropy/Autonomy and their Relationship to Repression: Towards “Coping-Friendly” Personality Styles in Affective Disorders. University of Stirling, Department of Psychology, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis. Grade awarded: 1A (highest distinction in the department)

 

Dr Eirini Manthou

Manthou E, Gill JMR, Wright A, Malkova D. Behavioural compensatory adjustments to exercise training in overweight women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009; 42(6): 1121-1128. ISSN 0195-9131.

Malkova D, McLaughlin R, Manthou E, Wallace M, Nimmo M. Effect of moderate intensity exercise session on preprandial and postprandial responses of circulating ghrelin and appetite. Hormone and Metabolic Research, 2008;40(6):410-5.

Jamurtas AZ, Fatouros IG, Koukosias N, Manthou E, Tofas T, Yfanti C, Nikolaidis MG, Koutedakis Y. Effect of exercise on oxidative stress in individuals with Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency. In Vivo 20(6B):875-80, 2006.

Yfanti C, Jamurtas AZ, Fatouros IG, Koutedakis Y, Manthou E, Koukosias N, Tofas T. The effects of an acute bout of aerobic exercise on white and red blood cell count in individuals with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. Inquiries in Sport and Physical education, 3(3), 249-254, 2005.

 

 

Dr Ruth Ohlsen

Brebion G, Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS, David AS. Serail and semantic coding of lists of words in schizophrenia patients with visual hallucinations. Psychiatry Res 2010 Sep 2 (Epub ahead of print)

Tsapakis EM, Curran S, Ohlsen RI, Vyas N, Aitchison KJ. Pharmacogenetics in Psychiatry. In: Maitland-van der Zee, A-H and Daly A (eds), "Pharmacogenetics and individualized therapy," John Wiley, in press.

Ohlsen RI, Mir A, Shivakumar K, McAllister VDM, O’Keane V, Aitchison KJ (under review). Changes in metabolic parameters in a prospective aripiprazole add-on or switching study.

Brebion G, Bressan RA, Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS, David AS (2010). Production of atypical category exemplars in patients with schizophrenia. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 16(5):822-8

Ohlsen RI, Aitchison KJ. The pharmacological management of bipolar affective disorder.  MIMS Advances in Bipolar Disorders, Issue 1, March 2009

Brebion G, David AS, Bressan RA, Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS (2008). Hallucinations and two types of free-recall intrusion in schizophrenia. Psychol Med,  11:1-10

Ohlsen RI, Taylor D, Tandon K, Aitchison KJ (2008). Returning to the issue of the cost-effectiveness of antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 5(4):184-194

Ohlsen RI, Williamson RJ, Yusufi B, Mullan J, Irving D, Mukherjee S, Page E, Aitchison KJ, Barnes TR (2008). Interrater reliability of the Antipsychotic Non-Neurological Side-Effects Rating Scale measured in patients treated with clozapine. J Psychopharmacol, 22(3):323-9

Brebion G, Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS, David AS (2008). Visual hallucinations in schizophrenia: confusion between imagination and perception. Neuropsychology , 22(3):383-9

Brebion G, David AS, Jones HM, Ohlsen R, Pilowsky LS. Temporal context discrimination in patients with schizophrenia: Associations with auditory hallucinations and negative symptoms. Neuropsychologia, 2007;45(4):817-23

Streeruwitz A, Barnes TRE, Fehler J, Ohlsen RI, Curtis VA (2007). Pharmacological management of acute mania – does current prescribing practice reflect treatment guidelines? J Psychopharmacol, 21(2):206-9

Ohlsen  RI, Pilowsky LS (2007). Gender and Psychopharmacology (pp 238-252) In “The Female Body in Mind: The interface between the female body and mental health” ed. Mervat Nasser, Karen Baistow and Janet Treasure. Routledge, London, 2007

Ohlsen RI, Peacock G, Smith S (2005). Developing a Service to Monitor and Improve Physical Health in People with Serious Mental Illness. J Psychiatr  Ment Health Nurs, 12(5):614-9

Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS (2005). Place of partial agonism in psychiatry: recent developments. J Psychopharmacol, 19(4):408-413

Jones HM, Brammer MJ, OToole M, Taylor T, Ohlsen RI, Brown RG, Purvis R, Williams S, Pilowsky LS (2004) Cortical effects of quetiapine in first episode schizophrenia; preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Biol Psychiatry 15;56(12):938-42

Ohlsen RI, O’Toole MS, Taylor TM, Purvis RG, Walters JT, Jones HM,  Pilowsky LS (2004). Clinical effectiveness in first episode patients. Eur  Neuropsychopharmacol, 14 Suppl 4 S445-41

Ohlsen RI, Pilowsky LS (2004). Models of Service Delivery in Early Intervention Teams: UK Variations (pp 145-155). In  Best Care in Early Psychosis Intervention. ed. Ehmann T, McEwan B and Honer WG. Taylor and Francis Publishing Group, Oxon,  2004

Ohlsen RI, Treasure J, Pilowsky LS (2004). Re: Werneke U, Taylor, D, Sanders T et al. Behavioural management of antipsychotic induced weight gain: a review. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 109(2):156

O’Toole MS, Ohlsen RI, Taylor TM, Purvis RG, Walters J, Pilowsky LS (2004). Treating first episode psychosis - the service users’ perspective: a focus group evaluation. J Psychiatr  Ment Health Nurs,11(3):319-26

Ohlsen RI, Treasure J, Pilowsky LS (2004). A dedicated nurse-led service for antipsychotic induced weight gain: an evaluation. Psychiatr Bull, 28:164-166

Howes O, Ohlsen R, Pilowsky LS (2003). The effect of clozapine on mortality. Br J Psychiatry 183:460

Taylor TM, O’Toole MS, Ohlsen RI, Walters J, Pilowsky LS (2003).

Safety of quetiapine during pregnancy. Am J Psychiatry, 160: 588-589

Ruth Ohlsen, Shubulade Smith, David Taylor, Lyn Pilowsky (2002)

The Maudsley Antipsychotic Medication Review Service Guidelines. Martin Dunitz, London, 2002

Stone, J, Ohlsen RI, Taylor DM, Pilowsky LS (2002). A naturalistic study of the Antipsychotic Medication Review Service at the Maudsley Hospital. Psychiatr Bull, 26:291-294

Bigliani V, Mulligan RS, Acton PD, Ohlsen RI, Pike VW, Ell PJ, Gacinov S, Kerwin RW, Pilowsky LS (2000). Striatal and temporal cortical D2/D3 receptor occupancy by olanzapine and sertindole in vivo: a [123I] epidipride single photon emission tomography (SPET) study. Psychopharmacol (Berl), 150(2):132-40

 

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1. Learn about bipolar disorder without complex medical terms and technical jargon.
2. Meet other people who have been touched by bipolar disorder.
3. Learn about BipolarLab’s programmes and services.


Seminar Description

What is bipolar disorder (manic depression), what are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed? How many people have bipolar disorder and how do we know this? Are there risks for developing other disorders and what is important for patients to look out for? What is known about the causes and the factors that affect the course of the disorder? How family members and spouses are affected and what is their role in the course of the disorder? What is the role of psychiatrist, psychologist and other health professionals in the treatment and management of the disorder? What are the most effective treatments and what are some useful ways of self-management of bipolar disorder? What remains to be learned about the disorder and its treatment and what are we going to see in the future?

These and many other questions about bipolar disorder will be covered in the first introductory seminar of BipolarLab. The seminar will cover the latest knowledge and findings for bipolar disorder from the field of psychiatry and clinical psychology. It will be a very good introduction to Bipolar disorder simplified for patients, relatives and friends. The content of the seminar is based on Dr Yanni Malliaris Bipolar Disorder Masterclass which was created for professionals and students, and has been taught to top clinical psychology and medical undergraduates at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Each seminar will have a small number of participants (maximum 7 people) to allow time for the questions of each participant. The seminar is also provided through an individual consultation session for participants who wish to have more privacy and more time for all their questions.


Webinar Presenter

Dr Yanni Malliaris, Bsc. Hons, PhD (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London), Clinical Psychologist, Founder and President of BipolarLab.com and EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation.


Booking and Dates

Dates are announced privately to participants who sign up for the seminar and once a group of 7 participants has been formed. Individual consultations can be scheduled at a time and date that is convenient for both parties and can take place either before or after having attended the seminar (if both are booked).

 


 

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1. Learn how exercise and nutrition can protect your emotional mental health.
2. Discover your level of physical activity and your nutritional profile.
3. Learn about BipolarLab’s Exercise and Nutrition eSupport programme.

 

Webinar Description

The webinar "Bipolar & Fit: Exercise, Nutrition and Emotional Health" approaches our emotional health from an often neglected route that of physical health and dietary lifestyle. Nevertheless, as it is shown by recent studies both such areas are clinically significant for maintaining a good emotional health. The sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and obesity that is sweeping the last decades of modern societies have become "enemies" of our mental and physical health. They are often characteristic of people who have mood disorders.

In this webinar as a participant you will have the opportunity to learn about the significance of physical activity, good dietary habits and body weight regulation in bipolar disorder (manic depression) and depression. You will also discover why mental health disorders are often associated with chronic physical ailments and learn simple techniques to improve your mental and physical health through lifestyle changes. You will be given the opportunity to consider the level of your physical activity and discover your nutritional profile.

Finally you will learn about BipolarLab’s Exercise and Nutrition eSupport programme and have the opportunity to ask questions and sign up.

Each webinar has a small number of participants (maximum 7 people) to allow time for questions for all members.

Webinar Presenter

Dr Eirini Manthou, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD Physical Activity and Nutritional Health, University of Glasgow, Medical School, Department of Human Nutrition
Director of Exercise and Nutrition eSupport programme
Co-ordinator of webinars (online seminars)

Booking and Dates

Dates are announced privately to participants who sign up for the webinar and once a group of 7 participants has been formed. Individual consultations can be scheduled at a time and date that is convenient for both parties and can take place either before or after having attended the seminar (if both are booked).

 

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