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Getting Help and Support

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 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. […]

How can I control my negative thoughts?

by Katherine on 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 […]

12-Step Programs in the Bay Area

by Katherine on 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 […]

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 […]

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At almost every meeting we have a question in the Question Bag asking, “How do you take care of yourself?” Someone always recommends joining one or more support groups as among the most helpful self-care activities. There are numerous articles on the web and in the literature on mood disorders. Here are some that we’ve […]

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 […]