Meeting Notes – July 7, 2010

by Clara on July 13, 2010

We are enjoying our new home at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto. Bruce made wonderful new signs to help newcomers (or confused old friends) find their way through the maze of corridors.

Katherine reminded everyone about the upcoming Mood Disorders Education Day at Stanford on July, 24, 2010, 8:30 – 2:30. Visit the Bipolar Disorders Clinic for additional information and registration. You must register online to attend.

We had such a large group that we divided into three small groups to help facilitate the conversation. The suggested topic was “Who or what was the best help you’ve gotten with your illness” and each group had a volunteer facilitator to ensure that all could be heard and the shy could be encouraged to participate in a safe environment.

We reconvened in a big group to answer the questions in the Question Bag. We had about six questions on these topics: the stigma of mental illness, other support organizations, hypersexuality as a symptom of bipolar illness, how to get disability benefits, how medications effect serotonin function and several recommendations for books, articles and movies. Although the topics are serious and sometimes painful, the discussion generated a lot of laughter too.

Recommendations by group members:

United States of Tara
This is a Showtime TV series about a suburban housewife with dissociative identity disorder.

Fight Stigma: Become A StigmaBuster!
NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.

Don’t Call Me Nuts : Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness
by Robert Corrigan and Patrick Lundin

Crazy Like Us – The Globalization of the American Psyche
by Ethan Watters

Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology Blog
Book Review

Join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

Tags: book, article, question bag, TV, video, mental illness