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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 – 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

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 […]

Meeting Notes – February 16, 2011

by Bruce on February 23, 2011

The meeting started out small this week – only four of us showed up by the normal start time (6:30).  As we set chairs and tables up for a larger group, a bemused newcomer wondered what exactly we were up to.  Shortly after, people began to drift in until we had a group of 10-15 […]

Meeting Notes – October 20, 2010

by Clara on October 26, 2010

The regular portion of our meeting was abbreviated because this was a speaker meeting. Introductions Katherine asked everyone to keep introductions short because we had a speaker coming at 7:30. In going around the circle we had everyone answer only the three short questions and skipped the usual 4th item. Your first name Your diagnosis […]

Meeting Notes – October 4, 2010

by Clara on October 14, 2010

It’s a long time between meetings when there are five Wednesdays in a month,  which was the case with September. We had a lively meeting with several newcomers. Introductions We also welcomed back Katherine and wished her well for her recovery from surgery. As usual, Katherine started the meeting by reading summary of guidelines for […]