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The Poul Hansen Family Centre for Depression is UHN's clinic specializing in depression and mood disorders treatment. Our aim is for those with depression or mood disorders to be treated directly within the walls of the Centre, to ensure patients are not required to travel elsewhere in the hospital or to our other sites for their depression appointments or services. Our team will help guide you from the moment you step through our doors to ensure you receive the support you need throughout your journey.
The overall goal of our Centre is to provide you with care, as soon as you need it.
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The Psychopharmacology Unit is a centre of excellence in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of adults with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. We provide diagnostic opinions and management recommendations for patients with mood disorders who are receiving treatment or who are chronically ill.
Our clinic has a particular interest in developing novel medication strategies for people who suffer from these conditions.
We continue to accept referrals for medication consultations which will be completed by virtual visits.
Please note that we do not provide prescriptions for cannabis.
Our research is recognized around the world for helping to improve the way mood disorders are diagnosed and treated.
Our clinic offers treatment for major depressive disorder and several other psychiatric disorders where medications have been unsuccessful, using a non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).
rTMS is a Health Canada-approved treatment for major depression and works by directly stimulating areas of the brain that are underactive or overactive, gradually returning them to healthy patterns of activity. To stimulate the brain, rTMS uses powerful, focused magnetic field pulses that are applied using a magnetic coil placed against the scalp, over the target brain region.
When applied repeatedly, these pulses can strengthen or weaken the connections between neurons, known as synapses. The long-lasting changes in neural connections can achieve lasting changes in brain activity, reversing the abnormal patterns associated with depression.
We provide short-term psychotherapy for individuals who are receiving treatment in our Centre. Psychotherapy is offered primarily in a group setting. We will assess patients for individual therapy as needed.
Types of therapy offered:
We provide support with navigation of the health care system which includes helping you become connected with community resources and supports, or supports in our Centre.
Please note: We only accept internal referrals from physicians in the Poul Hansen Family Centre for Depression.
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023Time: 10:00 am – 12:20 pm EDTVirtual via Zoom
This free event is ideal for individuals who have experienced symptoms of depression, as well as the care providers in their lives. During this two-hour event, you will be able to join our team of experienced mental health clinicians, who will present on a couple of exciting topics:
Additionally, our team will lead the group through a reflective mindfulness exercise. To register for this virtual event, please visit
Poul Hansen Family Centre for Depression Friends and Family Day conference page.
Research fuels our high-quality patient care, as the Poul Hansen Family Centre for Depression works to better understand depression and other mood disorders. Our team is involved in developing novel, innovative and multi-disciplinary research to improve treatments for patients, as well as communicating that work to patients and care providers so they better understand the subject of depression and different approaches to care.
Annually, we host a Friends and Family Day event, an opportunity to share information and provide mental health and wellness support to those in attendance. The event is designed for individuals who have experienced symptoms of depression as well as the care providers and close family and friends in their lives. Experienced staff discuss a range of informative topics from cutting-edge research to practical ways to improve your mental health. Recent presentations include:
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.