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Bipolar

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 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

by Bruce on 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 […]

Meeting Notes – March 9, 2011

by Bruce on 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 […]

Meeting Notes – March 2, 2011

by Bruce on 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. […]

Meeting Notes – February 23, 2011

by Bruce on March 2, 2011

There was a larger group this week, due to the anticipated talk from Dr. Jenifer Culver on current therapy options for depression and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, she had to cancel at the last minute to care for a sick child, and hopes to reschedule for the 4th Wednesday of next month. Introductions We began the […]

Interesting Facts About Bipolar Disorder (from the DSM IV)

by lackofsolidity on December 7, 2010

Average age of onset is 20 years old. The first episode in males is more likely to be a Manic Episode, and the number of Manic Episodes is more likely to meet or exceed the number of Major Depressive Episodes. A female’s first episode is more likely to be a Major Depressive Episode, and it […]

Mood-Congruent Auditory hallucinations Mood-Incongruent (less common – associated with poorer prognosis) thought insertion: one’s thoughts are not one’s own thought broadcasting: others can hear one’s thoughts delusions of control: one’s actions are under outside control

How many people in the US are depressed at any time? What percent of the US population experiences depression or other mood disorder in their lives? The number is big and growing. The National Institutes of Health answers the question in their posting on The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Gary Greenberg is a […]

Illegal Drugs vs. Mentally Ill

by lackofsolidity on October 14, 2010

The mentally ill mind often goes through the same experiences that a “regular” mind would on illegal drugs. Then those deemed “ill” are given legal drugs to quell this effect. But if others are paying good money and taxing their bodies in order to obtain these experiences, illegally, is being mentally ill really all that […]