Taking your medication is an important part of your treatment. It means you are playing an active role in keeping up your health and well-being. This pamphlet explains why some people stop taking their medication. If these or other issues concern you, please talk to your primary health care provider. They can help you find solutions. Tips to help you take your medication are listed. The French version of this pamphlet 1916, "Prendre vos médicaments", is also available.
People with bipolar disorder have periods when their mood is very high or very low. These episodes may last for several days, weeks, or months. In between these episodes, the person’s mood may be normal. The period of very high mood and other symptoms is called mania. The period of very low mood and other symptoms is called depression. This pamphlet explains what causes bipolar disorder, what the symptoms of mania and depression are, how bipolar disorder is treated, and where you can get help.
The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group is a skills training group. This group is for people who have a hard time controlling and expressing their emotions effectively. Topics include: how to join the group, when and where the group is held, expectations, and topics covered during sessions.
At Mental Health and Addictions, we encourage you to involve people who support you in your treatment and recovery. Your Circle of Support is the loved ones who you have chosen to support you. Your Circle of Care is the members of your health care team who are involved in your care. Sharing information with people in your Circle of Support and Circle of Care can improve your care experience and make the quality of care you receive better. This pamphlet explains how your personal information is …
The Short Stay Unit is a 5-bed psychiatric inpatient service with 24-hour nursing care. This pamphlet explains what will happen when you are admitted to the unit, what to expect on the unit, passes to leave the unit, service available on the unit and at the QEII, how you can help yourself, discharge planning, how your loved ones can help, and how to give feedback about your stay. A list of common words used in the hospital is included.
Psychosis is a serious medical condition that affects the brain. This pamphlet explains what causes psychosis, signs, treatment, what to expect, and what you can do to help a loved one. A list of common terms is included. Early Psychosis Intervention Services contact information is listed. Additional resources are also provided.
The Recovery Support Program is for people who are 19 years of age or older, have problems with substance use and/or gambling, want to stop or lower their substance use and/or gambling, and want to use substances and/or gamble more safely. This pamphlet explains how to start the program, what supports are included, and what the Recovery Support Skills Group is. Information about whom to call for support and how to give program feedback is also provided.