Mood Disorders

My children were 5 and 8 years old when their father died by suicide.

Marie-Hélène Thibeault

Marie-Hélène’s husband lived life to its fullest. Tragically, suicide became his solution to eliminate the suffering caused by his bipolar disorder.

At the Douglas Institute, we believe that a better scientific understanding of mental illness will make more effective treatment and management of mood disorders possible. Our interdisciplinary teams work together and coordinate research efforts to collect biological, psychological and social knowledge that helps in our pursuit of knowledge. By integrating these discoveries into clinical care, we enable our mental health experts to build hope for our patients and their families.


Discover Marie-Hélène’s story

Marie-Hélène’s husband lived life to its fullest. Help us to build hope to support all those who suffer from mood disorders and allow them to both reinsert themselves into society and lead a better life.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders include bipolar disorder, major depression and dysthymia.People affected by these mental illnesses tend to feel negative emotions more intensively than the rest of the population.

A unique expertise

The unique expertise of Dr. Gustavo Turecki and his team contributes to advancing our knowledge of mental illness and sets in motion cutting edge research and patient care at the Douglas for people affected by mood disorders.


Percentage of people who suffer from a bipolar disorder and develop another disorder linked to alcoholism or addiction later in life.

Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among people aged 15 to 24 years old and 16% of people aged 25 to 44.

Almost half of people who believe they have been affected by depression or anxiety never consult a medical professional.

The program

Complex Mood Disorders

The Complex Mood Disorders Program offers super specialized services for users suffering from mood disorders or anxiety and their families. It uses an integrated approach between clinical activities, education and research.

Want to learn more ?

Want to learn more about mental health research at the Douglas?

Visit the Douglas Research Centre’s website.

Want to learn more about the services offered at the Douglas?

Visit the Douglas Mental Health University Institute website.