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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 […]

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

by Katherine on 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 […]

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 … Home – Alcoholics Anonymous in Santa Clara County, California A.A. Meetings in CALIFORNIA Help for Drinking Alcoholic Drug … 12–STEP RECOVERY MEETING LOCATOR FOR THE UNITED STATES […]

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 […]

Light during the day and evening greatly effects your sleep. o   Keep curtains open and be in sunlight o   Use nightlights and dim lighting in the evening o   Use only a book light to read in bed Computer, TV and cell phone light may harm your sleep o   Avoid computer 2 hours before bed o   […]

Shake the blues! – Bay Area Music

by alex on October 14, 2010

If you see something interesting to do…but you don’t have anyone to do it with…let the group know.  Most of us are looking for fun things to do too and I’m sure that someone would LOVE to go with you…or go in a mob. Here are some of the resources we’ve found useful for finding […]

Some days I feel like I just can’t get up. What do you do when you’re having a hard time? We often have questions from our members asking for suggestions to help get us through a hard day. Here are some of the answers and suggestions: “When I had no hope of being better, my […]

Book Review: Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

Though this sort of book is not my usual forté, I am only a psychology major after all. This is a nonfiction work explaining the influence of our country’s mental health practices throughout the world. Also, it delves more into the details of our approach. “Mental illness is feared and has such a stigma because […]

Meeting Notes – August 4, 2010

by Clara on August 11, 2010

We were happy to see another big gathering for out regular meeting at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. We followed our usual format and went around the circle to introduce ourselves. Katherine reviewed the success of this year’s bipolar day. The slides from the Presentations: 2010 – 6th Annual Mood Disorders Education Day are […]