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 now posted on the publications page of the Stanford Bipolar Disorder Clinic.

Katherine told us that she needs help with running the group. In particular, she would like us to have regular people assigned to the various tasks that need to be taken care of on meeting nights. Several people volunteered. The subject will be discussed further at future meetings.

Katherine suggested that people submit short items for posting on the website. The website is set up. Now we have to populate it with content of interest to our current and potential members.

Mark your calendars for a speaker meeting on Wednesday, September 15. Dr. Trisha Suppes, our sponsor at the VA Hospital, has agreed to meet with us. She is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Director of the Bipolar Disorders Research Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Katherine asked for suggestions for additional future speakers. She will follow up on the candidates that were suggested.

We split into four small groups for discussion of members’ current concerns.

The Question Bag raised several interesting issues that were addressed by a lively large group discussion.

The topics included:

  • Dealing with co-occurring alcoholism and other dual diagnosis concerns.
  • Recovering from a manic episode in relation others
  • What does “life is good” evoke for you?
  • Trouble getting out of bed
  • Circumstances of the onset of your illness

The meeting ended with the usual going around the circle to tell one good or neutral thing that happened for you this week. It is OK to pass.

Recommended Resources:

Book: Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia by by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.

eBook: The Bedwetter : Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
by Sarah Silverman

Entertainment: The Stanford Movie Theater for classic movies.

Entertainment: Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival

Entertainment: The Dragon Productions Theater Company “Professional Live Theatre in an intimate space in downtown Palo Alto.”

There was a leadership meeting after the regular meeting.

Next Meeting

We meet the first three Wednesdays of the month. Our next meeting will be August 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30.

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