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About BipolarLab

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 remotely all over the world to English and Greek speaking patients. We have a 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).

We also provide our care locally at 3 treatment hubs in Athens, Glyfada, and Rafina, Greece. We are open to collaborations and licensing agreements to new local treatment hubs.

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. In 2019, BipolarLab.com joined the pioneering Estonian digital nation as a digital startUP!

Our Vision & Mission

  • To provide the highest quality of diagnostic and symptom monitoring programmes for people with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • To provide the most effective treatment & care for people with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • To advance our knowledge in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

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 History

Our History

Our private practice developed as a result of Dr Yanni Malliaris' (our founder & CEO) efforts to complete his PhD project at the Institute of PsychiatryKing's College London. However, in reality the activities of BipolarLab.com had began as early as his childhood years, when Dr Malliaris 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, Dr Malliaris 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 clinical and research projects and services, and to them, we extend our heartfelt thanks.

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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.

Dr Yanni Malliaris
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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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Dr Eirini Manthou
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  • How mood regulates food

One thing that determines our enjoyment in life is mood. Mood changes from day to day, moment to moment. We may be happy, energized, have optimistic feelings, take part in enjoyable activities, feel loving; but we may also feel unpleasant, moody, irritable, anxious, tired and even depressed. We've all come across these feelings and have experienced the enormous impact they have on our psychological and physical wellbeing. However, as people tend to favor positivity and happiness, we try to regulate our bad moods by engaging in certain activities and routines such as eating, exercising, smoking, drinking, socializing, playing games, watching TV, etc.

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Valeria Kilaberia
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By VALERIE KILABERIA, BSC., MSC. BIPOLARLAB JUNIOR PSYCHOLOGIST

Even though the majority of research highlights the negative aspects of bipolar disorder, it is not uncommon to listen to patients who talk warmly about their experiences.

A new study conducted by Lobban, Taylor, Murray & Jones (2012) at the University of Lancaster, UK investigated the positive experiences of people who suffer from bipolar disorder. The participants reported that they experience many positive feelings, including intensified abilities, such as higher academic abilities; acute senses, perceptual sensitivity, focus and clarity of thought. They also reported feeling more creative and productive. The research indicated that a sub-group of people with bipolar disorder prefers to be with the condition as they experience invaluable feelings. Some of the participants work or worked in high professional positions and provided information concerning the times when it was incredibly easy for them to work hard. They felt that they could achieve high levels of productivity and were very ambitious.

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