Meeting Notes: August 31, 2011

by Bruce on August 31, 2011

Announcements: DBSA California Conference 2011:  “What the world needs now.” October 14-15, 2011 in San Jose, CA Resources: Where to find information about medications:  Medline Plus (consumers), PubMed (clinicians), NIH Mental Health Medications Questions to ask your doctor From the Question Bag: – What’s the difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II? – It’s hard […]

Meeting Notes – August 24, 2011

by Bruce on August 24, 2011

This evening we discussed the following during the Q&A session: – “Any advice on how to deal with feeling of denial and extreme frustration after your diagnosis?” – “I have a great difficulty in recognizing that I am “going down” in mood – it happens so gradually that I hardly notice until I’m in a […]

Meeting Notes: August 17, 2011

by Bruce on August 17, 2011

Resources: Lucid Interval “A Self-Management Guide for Bipolar Disorder” Potatoes not Prozac:  Book on diet and mood. Gronowski Clinic: – Mental health clinic with sliding-scale fees (Los Altos). From the Question Bag: – How do you tell the difference between what you’re capable of at a given time and poor choices – i.e. not getting […]

Meeting Notes – March 16, 2011

April 17, 2011

Introductions We begin the meeting with each person answering the following questions (and passing if they wish). 1. Your first name. 2. Your diagnosis. 3. Your mood on a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high). 4. What do you do to take care of yourself?. Check-In At this point we broke up into […]

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Meeting Notes – March 9, 2011

April 17, 2011

Introductions We begin the meeting with each person answering the following questions (and passing if they wish). 1. Your first name. 2. Your diagnosis. 3. Your mood on a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high). 4. What do you do to take care of yourself?. Check-In At this point we broke up into […]

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Meeting Notes – March 2, 2011

March 7, 2011

The meeting was well attended, with approximately 20-30 people present.  The refreshments featured, among other delights, gourmet treats from the wife of a member who is (the wife) a former pastry chef.  Mmmmmm. Introductions We begin the meeting with each person answering the following questions (and passing if they wished). 1. Your first name. 2. […]

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Having difficulty taking some of your medication?

March 3, 2011

Having difficulty taking some of your medication?  Here’s what your DBSA Palo Alto peers recommend. Stand up and tilt your head back. Take pills with applesauce or milk Separate the difficult ones from others Cut large or odd shaped pills (check with doctor). Take a sip, tilt your head back, put the pill towards the […]

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How do I stay calm and go with the flow at work?

March 3, 2011

I am in the mist of changing managers and feel anxious. I’m always afraid of losing my job. How do I stay clam, and go with the flow? Go into another room and breathe deeply. Hash it out with co-workers Think of it as a position rather than as a person Anticipate situations ahead of […]

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How can I control my negative thoughts?

March 3, 2011

How can I control my negative thoughts? Try not to “wallow in self pity”. Focus on humor, watch a comedy on TV or a movie Make the room brighter Get family or friend support over the phone, email Stop negative thought pattern Re-engage your thinking through exercise, physical activity,  yoga, pilates, meditation Try to stop […]

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12-Step Programs in the Bay Area

March 3, 2011

Here is a list along with the links to various 12-Step programs in the Bay Area. Nicotine Anonymous Northern California Meetings schedule- A 12 … www.nica-norcal.org/meetings.html Home – Alcoholics Anonymous in Santa Clara County, California www.aasanjose.org/ A.A. Meetings in CALIFORNIA Help for Drinking Alcoholic Drug … www.step12.com/california.html 12–STEP RECOVERY MEETING LOCATOR FOR THE UNITED STATES […]

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