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We are building an informal multidisciplinary network for clinicians who are interested in Affective Disorders such as bipolar disorder and recurrent depressive disorder.

We intend to compile a three-monthly newsletter with information on local and national events, useful clinical resources and new research.

If you would like to receive this newsletter delivered to your Trust E-mail, then please sign up by sending us an email.

Dr Karine Macritchie, Clinical Lead of the Recurrent Affective Disorders Pathway. 


General Guidelines

NICE Clinical Guideline 90, 2009. Depression in Adults. The treatment and management of depression in adults:  

NICE Clinical Guideline C185, 2014. Bipolar Disorder: The assessment and management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and adolescents in primary and secondary care: 

Psychological Therapies-Useful Websites

British Association of Psychopharmacocology Guidelines: PDF's of these documents are avaliable on the BAP website 

British Association of Psychopharmacology, 2008. 
Evidence-based guidelines for treating depressive disorders with antidepressants: A revision of the 2000 British Association for Psychopharmacology guidelines. 

Goodwin GM and Consensus Group of the British Association of Psychopharmacology, 2009.
Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder: revised second edition - recommendations from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. 

Psychoeducation for Bipolar Disorder

Journal articles: 

Kessing LV, Hansen HV, Hvenegaard A et al, 2013. Treatment in a specialised out-patient mood disorder clinic v. standard out-patient treatment in the early course of bipolar disorder: randomised clinical trial. British Journal of Psychiatry Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Mar;202(3):212-9

Smith D and Young AH, 2013. Practical considerations for the development of a psychoeducation programme: lessons from the Cardiff experience. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2013: 127 (Suppl. 442): 25–28.


A wonderful, website, with many useful resources including mood charts, trigger charts, crisis planning contact sheets and the stability postcard. There is also the ‘Beating Bipolar’ Individual Programme.

There are also short, informative videos on:
  • Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder
  • Learning Programme for Midwives
  • A module for partners, families and carers
  • Women with Bipolar Disorder
  • Working with Bipolar Disorder
Anti-suicide Strategy

Dutta R, Cross S, Palmer W. Audit of Suicide Prevention, August 2013. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. (Trust intranet).

Screening Tools/Mood Monitoring
SLaM’s MyHealthLocker –True Colours, monitoring for depression and for mania.

Bipolar Education Cymru Paper Mood Monitoring.

Hypomania Checklist:  Angst et al, 2005. 
"The HCL-32: Towards a self-assessment tool for hypomanic symptoms in outpatients." J Affect Disord. 2005 Oct;88(2):217-33.

Physical Healthcare Useful Reading/ Websites
No Health Without Mental Health: A Cross-Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy for People of All Ages Feb 2011

Bridging the Gap: The financial case for the reasonable rebalancing of health and care resources. 
Royal College of Psychiatrists. Oct. 2013

A framework for Sexual Health in England Department of Health (England)

NICE Guideline CG 91. Oct 2009. Depression in adults with a chronic physical health problem: Treatment and management.

Healthy Eating and Depression. Mental Health Foundation, 2007

Let’s Get Physical. Mental Health Foundation 2013

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