Broadcast — Mini-Psych: Volatile Emotions - Bipolar and other mood disorders


Mood swings can be rough for those who experience the fluctuations, the intervals, the highs and the lows! Such feelings may lead people to think they have a borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder or another type of mood disorder. It is important, however, to distinguish between what constitutes “normal” emotional behaviour and mood disorder.

Learning objectives:

  • To better understand the genetic, psychological and environmental stressors that trigger the onset of mood disorders and to differentiate “normal” emotional abilities from emotional behaviours that can be dysfunctional;
  • To distinguish between certain types of mood disorders, such as borderline personality and bipolar disorders;
  • To learn about the main forms of treatment and therapy for bipolar disorders, as well as recent research developments in this field.

Lecturers: Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Medical Chief, Mood, Anxiety and Impulsivity Disorders Program and Bipolar Disorder Program; and Suzane Renaud, MD, psychiatrist.