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The timely recognition and treatment of early-onset bipolar disorder is critical given the potential preventive effects of early intervention, which can reduce adverse outcomes, including chronic symptoms, substance use disorders, and suicidality. Guidelines for the treatment of early-onset bipolar disorder recognize both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as important components of optimal treatment.

This is the second webinar in a series led by the Knowledge Mobilization team in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program (KMb-PSSP) and the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder (CYBD). The overarching goal of this series is to provide reliable and up-to-date information regarding youth bipolar disorder that is relevant to affected youth and their families. We seek to demystify and destigmatize youth bipolar disorder through this knowledge-sharing.

Originally live streamed: Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Download the webinar slides and watch the recording.


Learning objectives

In this webinar, you will:

  1. consider key clinical treatment targets in early onset bipolar disorder
  2. understand the role of medication in the treatment of bipolar disorder in youth
  3. recognize psychosocial treatment options for youth bipolar disorder, with an emphasis on dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

Future webinars will focus on exercise and heart health, family history and genetics, and diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. If you have any requests and suggestions for topics to be covered in the future, please get in touch with youth.bipolar@camh.ca.

About the presenters

Dr. Aaron Silverman is a child-adolescent psychiatrist at CYBD. He received his medical degree and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto, followed by child and adolescent subspecialty training at the University of Ottawa. He is working on a study to compare depressive symptoms between youth with and without bipolar disorder. Dr. Silverman also has interests in concurrent disorders and dialectical behaviour therapy. He enjoys being a part of a team of people working on understanding and addressing bipolar disorder from many different angles and bringing a broad range of skills and experience together.

Jessica Roane is a research coordinator and study therapist at CYBD. She is a graduate of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Toronto, specializing in mental health and health and she also completed her Honours BSc in psychology at Dalhousie University. She is registered with both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. At CYBD, Jessica provides dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for youth with bipolar disorder within the context of various research studies and is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™.

Vanessa Rajamani is a research coordinator and study therapist at CYBD. She completed a BSc with a major in psychology at McGill University and a MSW at the University of Toronto. Vanessa is a registered social worker who provides dialectical behaviour therapy at CYBD and is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. She also oversees data management for CYBD’s research studies. Vanessa enjoys building relationships with the youth and families that come to CYBD. She considers it a privilege to be a coach and support youth throughout their treatment journey and bear witness to resilience and recovery.

About the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder

CYBD is a fully integrated clinical-research program that seeks to generate discoveries that are uniquely relevant to youth with bipolar disorder. Our focus is on the full spectrum, from biology (e.g., genetics, imaging) to clinical trials of pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. CYBD is also committed to advocacy, stigma reduction and education in the field of youth bipolar disorder. You can find us at www.camh.ca/CYBD and @CYBDatCAMH.

Knowledge Mobilization, Provincial System Support Program (KMb-PSSP)

The Knowledge Mobilization team in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) moves evidence to action to improve programming and inform policy change. Our team works closely with researchers, clinicians, policymakers, system planners, service providers, and people with lived experiences to mobilize knowledge and help people connect.

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