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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 – 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calm Vitamins

by alex on October 14, 2010

As a general principle, for calm vitamin consumption, choose as many foods as possible from the following. – Vitamin E foods:  most vegetables (especially raw), many fruits, eggs, dairy products – Vitamin A foods (which counter the negative effects of stress):  yoghurt, cream, butter, eggs, liver, carrots, leafy green vegetables, fruit. – Vitamin C foods […]

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 […]

Meeting Notes – August 11, 2010

by Clara on August 12, 2010

Our summer meetings are going well with continuing good attendance by longtime members as well as newcomers. Katherine started the meeting by reading the point-by-point summary of the DBSA support group guidelines. Share the air One person speaks at a time What is said here stays here Differences of opinion are o.k. We are all […]

The National Institutes of Mental Health reported this week on the results of a small study that found an experimental medication that lifts depression symptoms in bipolar disorder within an hour. This possible wonder drug is ketamine. Ketamine is a veterinary and human anaesthetic that also happens to be an addictive dissociative psychedelic drug. The […]

Resource Guide – Medications

by KL on August 2, 2010

How to get help with medications? We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own. Q. I can’t afford my medications. What […]