Dr. Diane McIntosh

Psychiatrist | Educator | Author | Speaker



Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training. She completed 2 years of a pediatric residency and then an adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a community psychiatry practice. Dr. McIntosh is extensively involved in continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology.  She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders and ADHD.

Every year, Dr. McIntosh provides more than 200 lectures to colleagues and other audiences, always coming back to an essential, central theme: we must strive to improve the quality of care and the treatment options available for people diagnosed with a mental illness. 

Dr. McIntosh is the co-founder of SwitchRx, the online psychotropic switching tool for prescribers. She has her own continuing medical education program called PsychedUp, which was developed to encourage the appropriate, confident, rational prescribing of psychiatric medications. She has published blogs in the Huffington Post and Op-Eds for newspapers focusing on mental health issues. She is also the founder of We Do Matter, which advocates for more compassionate care for psychiatric patients and their families.  

Dr. McIntosh is the co-author of the Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure. Her book, This is Depression: A comprehensive and compassionate guide for those who want to understand depression, will be launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019. It is written for those who have depression, for those who love someone who is depressed, and for anyone who wants to better understand the disorder.

Dr. Diane McIntosh has recently written ‘THIS IS DEPRESSION’ ..A Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Understand Depression.

official launch IS on OctOBER 10th – World Mental Health Day

Depression affects everyone

Mental illnesses suck.

They are serious, sometimes deadly, isolating, frightening medical disorders that affect the brain and the body.

Every person, at some time in their life, will have a mental illness or love someone who has a mental illness.

Mental illnesses impact our ability to learn and work and play and love. They also cause and worsen physical illnesses, like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Stigma regarding mental illness is still a powerful force, provoking shame, promoting isolation, and causing many to avoid seeking help.

Ignorance drives stigma.
By reading this book, you are challenging that stigma head on.
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PsychedUpCME was designed to deepen healthcare professionals' understanding on how to better diagnose mental illnesses and prescribe or switch psychotropic medications.

Presented by Dr. Diane McIntosh, PsychedUp CME events are a full day of clinically relevant, practical, engaging, and interactive psychiatric education, focusing on diagnosis and treatment. Topics include depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, epigenetics: how early life adversity impacts later life psychopathology, is there a role for cannabis in psychiatry, metabolic disorders and obesity management in psychiatry, and binge eating disorder.

PsychedUp CME events are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 4.5 Section 1 and Mainpro+