Mood Disorders Program

The Mood Disorders Clinic is a tertiary care service providing mainly consultations to psychiatrists practicing in the province for primary, severe mood disorders and diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations for family physicians for patients with possible Bipolar I Disorder or with a family history of Bipolar Disorder or completed suicide.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder, also called manic depression, is an illness that affects thoughts, feelings, perception and behaviour. It even makes a difference in how a person feels physically - known clinically as psychosomatic presentations. These severe mood swings are not necessarily related to events in the person's life.

Bipolar Disorder affects approximately one per cent of the population. It typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood and affects men and women equally.

Bipolar Disorder can be treated. Many of the treatments have been improved over the years, and research shows new advances to help those living with this illness to lead normal and healthy lives.

Some signs of Bipolar Disorder are:

  • Feelings of exhilaration, extreme optimism, exaggerated self-esteem
  • Rapid speech and unrestrained thought processes
  • Decreased need for sleep, individual has this feeling of never getting run down
  • Extreme irritability
  • Impulsive and potentially reckless behaviour


Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
3rd floor, Room 3089
5909 Veterans' Memorial Lane
Halifax, NS   B3H 2E2
Tel: 902-473-2585
Fax: 902-473-4877