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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 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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]