This web site provides you with information whose only purpose is pedagogical and educational.
This information is not provided in any way to replace a consultation with a physician, who is the only one capable of establishing a diagnosis and providing the treatment appropriate to each patient .
Before any visit, we invite you to read carefully and attentively :
Important information to read before using the site
Our website is HON - HAS certified
Our site has been certified on "18 May 2009" by the Health On the Net Foundation in collaboration with the Haute Autorité de Santé according to the law n° 2004-810 dated 13th August 2004.
Look at Mood Institute HON certificate - Read HONcode principles
Indeed, today, 20% of patients, consult a website to search for medical or health information. In this context of increasing use of Internet for health that the french legislature has entrusted the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) the mission to establish a procedure for certification of Internet health sites. The Swiss Foundation Health On the Net (HON) (Health on the Internet) is the agency responsible for certification under a partnership agreement with the HAS Haute Autorité de Santé.
Foundation Health On the Net is the reference in the promotion and provision of online information about health and medicine, as well as appropriate and effective use. Founded in 1995, HON is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization accredited by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Certification is based on compliance of the eight HONcode principles by the health website. It reflects the commitment of the site publisher to respect the principles of transparency and to disseminate health information to meet quality criteria.
HON certification of our website is a mark of quality and respect for a certain number of rules and of ethics on the Net, since we believe that these are even more important in areas dealing with Health.
For total transparency, the articles, news or files will be signed and dated by their authors, and we will clearly indicate their qualifications, so that you can clearly distinguish those who are physicians from those who are not but have participated in writing website content.
Finances and Resources
Until now, the funds which have been used to start up this project, and that pay the daily bills to keep it up and running are essentially from personal funds of the Founder of the Institute Laurent COUSSIRAT.
We would like to stay completely independent.
The funds necessary to pursue the further development of the Institute will be from :
Subscriptions to Member Area
Charged services to companies
Charged services to individuals
Sale of products constituting the MI Line collection, a collection created in collaboration with certain patients from the Institute who have expressed their artistic talents and let their creativity speak for itself. One part of the sale price is returned to the patients artists’ collective. Another portion is kept by the Institute to help to pay the cost of maintenance and development of artistic projects within the Institute.
To accelerate the development of the Institute, especially internationally, Laurent COUSSIRAT, the Founder and Director of the Institute anticipates looking for private investors and sponsors who will, in any case, rest a minority, and will not in any case be able to influence or change the spirit in which the Institute was founded.
Medical and Scientific Committee
We have chosen to assemble a Medical and Scientific Committee, with different physician specialties represented, in order to be assured of the accuracy and soundness of our topics information.
The committee is governed by a charter approved by each member.
To complete the content of the site, certain physicians provide articles, have been interviewed, or have helped with editing the writing of our articles.
You will regularly find articles from the physicians in our sections including « Advice from the Experts... » etc...
The content written by physicians are clearly signed and dated in order to inform the reader.
Editorial staff of the institute
With the exception of texts written by doctors and clearly signed as such, all content on the site are written by the editorial team of the Institute, consisting mainly of patients, and represent a synthesis of their knowledge and experiences accumulated over the years.
This team is managed by Laurent COUSSIRAT, the Director of the publication.
All writings written by the editorial team and providing important information, such as "Useful Information", are reviewed with special attention by Members of the Medical and Scientific Committee.
Content written by the editorial team and providing important information are clearly signed and dated in order to inform the reader.
Personally identifiable information – Code of confidentiality
All information submitted by you by mail or through our forms are subject to the strictest confidentiality and are intended solely for internal use.
Thank you carefully read the Terms and Conditions of Use, and in particular Article 12 dealing with the following Personal Data :
12. Personally identifiable information
12.1. In conformity with law n°78-17 of 6 January 1978 relative to technological information files and freedoms («Information Technology and Freedoms » law), the treatment of personally identifiable data provided during the use of the web site is subject to prerequisite formalities required by the National Commission of Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL).
12.2. Personally identifiable information communicated by the user, there being forms on the site, are processed because of necessity for access to the proposed services, and are part of the administrative process and the possible commercial process by Mood Institute in its quality of being responsible for these processes.
12.3. The destination of this data is the services of Mood Institute in charge of the administrative and commercial processes. Personnel in charge of processing the data are under a strict obligation of confidentiality.
12.4. The personal information relating to health that could be collected while accessing the services on the site will not be the object of any commercial, scientific, evaluative or commercial prospecting and will not be communicated to any third parties for those purposes. However, anonymous health information could be communicated or sent to third parties for studies or statistical analysis.
12.5. In the case of the user wanting to receive the newsletter, the electronic address will be kept by Mood Institute which is responsible for the process of sending the newsletter. At any time, the user can demand to unsuscrib by clicking on the link in the electronic message sent and has the rights of access and modification of his/her information.
12.6. According to the stipulations in the law of Information Technology and Freedoms, the user has the right of access, of modification, of rectification , and the right of opposition to personally identifiable information for legitimate motives, as well as the right of opposition to commercial uses. Please address this request to: webmaster (AT) moodinstitute.com or by letter at : Mood Institute 149 avenue du Maine 75014 Paris - France.
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** Reader information : This section is mostly inspired of real-life experiences, and was written by the editorial staff of the Mood Institute, exclusively composed with patients - The members of the Medical and Scientific Committee are regularly asked to provide an advisory opinion - Last update