Patient & Family Resource Center

Bipolar Disorder: Getting and Staying Well. A free educational program exclusively for patients, families, and friends

Program Description:
The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the 2013 symposium Bipolar Disorder: Getting and Staying Well. Experts from the MGH Department of Psychiatry Bipolar Clinic and Research Program (BCRP) will present in straightforward and easy to understand terms what can be learned from the most recent research on our understanding of bipolar disorder and its treatment so that people can have the greatest chance to get and stay well. The presenters will be available to answer your questions after each presentation.

The program will cover topics related to Bipolar Disorder that are of importance to those seeking or currently receiving treatment for themselves or a loved one. Presenters will review the latest advances in treating bipolar depression and mania, as well as treatments that will keep people well. Treatments include medications, psychotherapy for depression and anxiety, and some innovative treatments to help people manage their sleep, eat well, and stick with exercise.

The symposium will also include presentations by members of a patient and family panel. They will give a first-hand account of their journey through the recovery process and will engage in a dialogue with participants.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry:
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of seven decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Bipolar Clinic and Research Program provides ongoing treatment to adult patients with bipolar disorder, including medication treatment and psychosocial or ‘talk’ therapy where appropriate. The BCRP is dedicated to providing quality clinical care, conducting clinically informative research, and educating our colleagues, our patients, as well as the greater community about bipolar disorder.

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program informs and educates healthcare professionals, students, and the general public about CBT, furthers CBT research, and provides advanced clinical care to patients in the context of CBT. In recent years, hundreds of research studies and case reports have confirmed the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders and medical issues, ranging from disorders such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, or schizophrenia, to pain and insomnia. The CBT program collaborates with cutting-edge CBT-related research and work to provide CBT of the highest quality to patients through the MGH Outpatient Psychiatry Service.

The Depression Clinical and Research Program in many cases, has defined depression treatments for the field. Over the years a large group of experienced researchers as well as promising young trainees and junior faculty have gathered, generating countless clinical reports, pilot studies, and large controlled trials. The staff at the DCRP has successfully obtained significant funding from both the National Institute of Mental Health and industry sources. Currently, there are more than 20 ongoing studies at the DCRP.

The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 35,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities. In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The MGH-PA is now providing education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.

This free educational program is made possible by generous support from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.

How You Can Help
Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education, and clinical care at the MGH Department of Psychiatry. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size, and maintain donor confidentiality at all times. To make a gift to support the public education programs of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, please contact the MGH Development Office at 617-726-2200 or visit us online at


For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.