BipolarLab.com is a pioneering private clinical practice that delivers specialist evidence-based diagnostic and treatment programmes for patients with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.
All our care and programmes are delivered locally at our offices in Athens and in Rafina, Greece and London, UK. We also have unique expertise in the remote delivery (via the internet/telephone) of most of our programmes, and specialise in the application of new technologies in mental health (mental health informatics).
BipolarLab was founded as a research lab by Dr Yanni Malliaris, B.Sc., P.hD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London in 2002 and it was incorporated on Valentine's day in Athens, Greece in 2011.
Our Vision & Mission
We believe that people with Bipolar disorder and recurrent depression can lead healthy and productive lives by taking control of their illness and becoming full partners in their care with the help of their family, friends and treatment providers. A good understanding of these disorders, and the right tools and services to monitor their course are essential in order to achieve recovery and maintain stability.
We believe that effective services and treatment options can only be developed through systematic clinical research. Hence in our operation we combine practice with research by involving our patients through all the steps of our programmes and by delivering our services within well designed research evaluation schemes.
We believe that truly patient-centered services can only be developed by direct private funding from patients and relatives and also patient-organisations whose primary goal can only be the advancement of their own care and well-being.
We believe in patient confidentiality and patient choice, which are of paramount importance to all our operations.
Our private practice developed as a result of Yanni's (our founder & CEO, now Dr Yanni Malliaris) efforts to complete his PhD project at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. However, in reality the activities of BipolarLab.com had began as early as his childhood years, when Yanni was trying to make sense of and monitor his father's bipolar illness.
Later through his professional work, personal experiences and further contact with many Bipolar patients, he came to appreciate and value the need for an independent "human-based" service to assist Bipolar people to monitor the ups and downs of their condition. Having worked in many novel treatment trials at the Institute of Psychiatry and witnessed the significant benefits of "add on" care to patients in comparison to TAU ('Treatment as usual") he became even more convinced that this model of evidence-based care should become available to all patients.
After almost a decade of work at the Institute of Psychiatry and the successful completion his PhD degree, Yanni decided to continue his work on a private basis through BipolarLab.com. In 2008, he also founded EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation, Greece's first and premier national non-profit organisation for Bipolar patients.
The services developed and offered through BipolarLab.com and EDO are a product of life-time experience with bipolar disorder and also thorough and systematic research that has been funded by many esteemed research councils in UK. Nevertheless, the main contributors have been and will always be the patients who have participated and will continue to participate in our research projects and services, and to them, we extend our heartfelt thanks.