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How many people in the US are depressed at any time? What percent of the US population experiences depression or other mood disorder in their lives? The number is big and growing. The National Institutes of Health answers the question in their posting on The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Gary Greenberg is a […]

Book Review: Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This story is told through the eyes of a father whose daughter is struck with psychosis. Her episode occurs at the early onset of age 15. She is tentatively given the label of ‘Bipolar I’, but doctors think it is still too soon in her life to serve a definitive diagnosis. The author is very […]

Not just bipolar, not just schizophrenic: schizoaffective. Lori, one of the authors, starts hearing voices and hallucinating in her preteens. She knows something might be wrong, but isn’t sure what. At one time she even believes that she must be possessed. She’s able to hide her “voices” and extreme moods fairly well until her late […]

Book Review: Manic by Terri Cheney

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This book does a good job of putting you front-and-center in the life of a manic depressive. The author was formerly a successful lawyer that had to fight and hide her shocking depressive and manic episodes. She was driven to uncontrollable behaviors such as eating raw cooking materials like flour and baking soda. In her […]

Book Review: Madness by Marya Hornbacher

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

Bipolar 1 at it’s finest. Marya dialogues her life, especially that as it is enveloped by her disease. Throughout her existence she is continually in motion, in and out of manic, depression, mixed, and various other extreme episodes. She’s harbored all the bad behaviors – at their worst – to “cope”: alcoholism, eating disorders, self-injury, […]

Weekly creative writing class at Stanford “How do you help yourself manage your depression?” is one of the most frequent topics for discussion in our meetings. The suggestions always include writing and journaling as methods to help yourself. DBSA Palo Alto members are very fortunate because we have access to a free weekly writing workshop […]

Resource Guide – Therapist

by KL on July 23, 2010

How to Find a Good Therapist or Psychiatrist We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own. Q. How can I find […]

Resource Guide – Friends and Family

by KL on July 23, 2010

How to Help a Loved One We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own. Q. How can I help my son?  […]

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 […]