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Greetings all:  

Wow! What a wonderful past few weeks. National Mental Illness Week, National Bipolar Awareness Day, National Depression Screening Day, World Mental Health Day, National Day of Prayer..... Thank you to all of you for helping to educate, spread the news, decrease stigma and ultimately make this world a better place in which to live.   

To your health,

Muffy Walker


P.S. Feel free to also contact me at anytime Muffy

Our new mailing address: 8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360 San Diego CA 92122  



October 15, 2011  
If you are in a crisis,
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In celebration of National Mental Illness Awareness Week, International Bipolar Foundation launched a Say it Forward campaign to spread the word about mental health & illness and the effects of stigma.
Thank you to all who participated, we surpassed our first year goal of 1000 forwards by 110.3% with 1103 people reached (& educated!!)
People who opened page on our Website: 1633 




Mental Health Awareness Patch Launchedgirl scout patch


A Mental Health Awareness Patch, designed for the Girl Scouts by International Bipolar Foundation, was launched last month in San Diego County.

Part of the mission of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is to erase stigma associated with bipolar disorder through public education. Today, with 3.2 million Girl Scouts, the opportunity exists to help troop leaders and scouts learn about mental health and illness. "Our leaders are hungry for information related to ability awareness," states Jo Dee Jacob, San Diego Council CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Young girls today struggle with issues such as cyber-bullying, depression, anorexia, and self-harm.


What better match for our mission to eradicate ignorance and stigma than young, eager-to-learn girls who will become our nation's next leaders? In fact, Ms. Jacob quoted, "Nearly 2/3 of today's women leaders were once Girl Scouts, and 82% of high achieving Girl Scout alumnae credit the organization with playing a positive role in their development."


If you, or someone you know is interested in working on the patch, please contact areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org or call 858.342.0327. To learn more about Girl Scouts of the USA, visit www.girlscouts.org.



                                     IBPF WELCOMES 3 NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Paula Black 
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Paula has been involved in a plethora of organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations. She is currently working with La Jolla Playhouse /Trustee, Education Committee,
International Bipolar Foundation/Member of Board of Directors,Development of Faculty Infant/Childcare Program, Blair Academy, New Jersey, and is the Founder and Owner / The Four Graces Vineyards, Oregon.

Yolanda S. Walther-Meade

Yolanda S. Walther-Meade is a Media Maven specializing in public relations, social media, marketing, community outreach, events and branding campaigns with a focus on the Latino market, collaborating with a broad spectrum of clients within the regional communities including serving as Chief Marketing Officer for The Gomez Law Firm. In her role as Voice of the Border, she has interpreted for Presidents, Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Laureates, including four Mexican Presidential Administrations, the Prime Minister of Spain, Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. Yolanda is Host and Special Events Producer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival which takes places over 11 days, showcasing 200 films to 20,000 attendees. As a second-generation catalyst of civic engagement and philanthropy, Yolanda spearheads signature events or serves as current or past board member for organizations such as Malashock Dance, the San Diego Master Chorale, La Cuna, the San Diego Museum of Art, inSITE, the Club de Ninos y Ninas de Tijuana (Boys and Girls Club), the Fundacion Internacional de la Comunidad, LEAD San Diego, and the San Diego Natural History Museum for whom she has raised close to $1 million. She is one of the Ambassadors for Our Greater San Diego Vision Initiative, and is chairing the Salud!, the Master Mixologist and Signature Chef inaugural event for the March of Dimes in November 2011. For her professional achievements and civic contributions to the San Diego region, her recognitions include being named one of the finalists in San Diego Magazine's Women Who move the City event; One of 20 Women Who Impact San Diego, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2011; Diego Metro Mover, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2011; the San Diego Natural History Museum Dos Aguilas Honoree 2011; the Emerging Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League; Project Concern International's International Community Leadership Award and the National Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Development Volunteer of the Year. KPBS and Union Bank recognized her with the Hispanic Heritage Heroes Award and the San Diego Business Journal with the San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award in the area of Cross-Border Collaboration. As a single mother, Yolanda's first and foremost passion and priority, however, are her 14 year old son Carlos and 12 year old daughter, Andie. She somehow finds time to perform salsa.



Ilia Terrazas-Dickey 



Ilia Terrazas-Dickey is a marketing and government affairs professional with over 20 years of corporate and government communications, public policy and bilingual marketing experience.  She is adept at working in highly-regulated and politically sensitive industries and offers expertise in mitigating project opposition and corporate positioning in both the domestic and international markets.  Ilia has is well-respected for bridge-building among opposing camps as well as developing and activating strategic partnerships among them. Ilia has an extensive history working with high level corporate executives, political leaders and diplomats.  Ilia's practice also operates as a regional resource for the multinational public relations and advertising firm Ogilvy Mather.


Before going out on her own, Ilia served as the Government Affairs Manager for the Fortune 500 Company, Sempra Energy.   Ilia called upon a well established network of business and political relationships in markets where Sempra was expanding its multi-million power generation investment.  She relocated to San Diego from Arizona where for five years she successfully operated her own public relations and political consulting business, Arizona Events & Enterprises, Inc.  In this capacity she represented a broad range of interests targeting both the general and Hispanic markets ranging from political advocacy to social awareness campaigns, strategic community positioning and ballot initiatives.


In 2001, she was appointed Director of Legislative Affairs by the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Terrazas also served as Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  Prior to that she was a member of the Qwest Public Policy Team in Arizona where she was responsible for intergovernmental relations, policy development and advocacy.  Ilia worked as Special Assistant to the Governor of Arizona, specializing in legislative issues related to the U.S. Mexico border as well as Juvenile Justice.  She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission; she served in this capacity for has served as a Commissioner for six years.


Ilia dedicates her time to several non-profit local and national organizations.  She is a Board member on the California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, as well as a member of the Voices for Children Community Advisory Committee; she serves on the National Board of Directors of Kids Korps USA; and works with the New Children's Museum in San Diego to cultivate strategic partnerships and develop programs to educate children about environmental sustainability through art.  Additionally, she and her husband, Scott, have been active members of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) for 8 years. Ilia received her B.A. in Geography & Economic Development in 1992 and a Juris Doctor in 1997.




Martin Alda, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Psychiatry, expert in mood disorders and in psychiatric genetics, Dr. Martin Alda is exploring the genetic and biological basis of mood disorders and the nature of response to long-term treatment.

Dr. Alda graduated from Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Prior to joining Dalhousie Medical School in 1998, Dr. Alda taught and practiced psychiatry in Czechoslovakia, at the University of Ottawa, and at McGill University. Currently he holds additional appointments at McGill University, The University of Pittsburgh, and at Charles University in Prague. Clinically Dr. Alda works in the Mood Disorders Program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
The focus of Dr. Alda's group is on major psychiatric disorders and their genetics. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression are all highly heritable, affect young people, lead to high morbidity and mortality, and can be more or less successfully treated. Three lines of enquiry - mapping genes for these conditions, linking the genetic predisposition with response to treatment, and examining how the genetic risk translates into behavioural and clinical features of the illness are at the core of the research program. To this end they use clinical, molecular-genetic, biochemical, brain-imaging, and neuropsychological methods in studies of patients and their family members.
Dr. Alda's research has been funded by the CIHR since 1997 and also supported by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Genome Quebec, Stanley Foundation, National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation.
Dr. Alda has published over 160 original papers and book chapters, and serves on editorial boards of several journals (Bipolar Disorders, Open Neuroscience Journal,Open Psychiatry Journal, Pharmacopsychiatry, and Psychiatrie). He is a member of various scientific organizations, including the European College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology, American Society for Human Genetics, International Society for Psychiatric Genetics, Canadian College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology, and the International Group for the Study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi) and the ConLiGenconsortium. 

Dr. Alda held the NCDEU Young Investigator Award from the US-based National Institute of Mental Health, the Intermediate Research Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and twice the Independent Investigator Award from NARSAD. Prior to his return to Halifax, he was the Canada Research Chair Tier I at McGill University.


Marion Leboyer MD., Ph.D.


Marion Leboyer, M.D., Ph.D. joined the faculty of the University of Paris in 1998 as Professor of Psychiatry. She is head of the university affiliated department of Psychiatry (Hospital Chenevier-Mondor, AP-HP) and runs a Psychiatry Genetics laboratory (INSERM). Dr. Leboyer's research efforts have contributed to a better identification of relevant phenotype for genetic studies, particularly in the field of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide, autism, OCD and pharmaco-genetic studies. Being principal investigator of national and international studies, she has been able to produce prominent findings such as identification in autism of the first mutations in neuroligins (NLGN-3 and NLGN-4). She is director of .a foundation (FondaMental) recently created by the French Ministry of Research aiming at creating a network of expert centers and promoting research in Psychiatry. Dr. Leboyer has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as 5 books. 



Professor Gin Malhi
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Professor Gin S. Malhi is the Executive and Clinical director of the CADE Clinic based at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and is based at the Northern Clinical School. Gin is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital and is a senior consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service.

Having obtained a degree in Pharmacology and a subsequent medical degree in the UK he completed his general psychiatry training in Cambridge and gained Membership of the United Kingdom Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1996. He then completed his specialist psychiatry training at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London and as a Clinical Lecturer began mood disorders research at the Institute of Psychiatry (UK). Since moving to Australia in 1999 he has continued to conduct clinical research in depression and bipolar disorder and has been a Chief Investigator on a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant since 2003. During this time he has published more than 170 papers and has attracted research funding from the ARC and Rotary Foundation that he has used to investigate the neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder. In 2006 he was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, Acta Neuropsychiatrica and he currently holds the post of Secretary in the Australasian Society of Bipolar Disorders (ASBD). In 2010 he was appointed the Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.




Veterans Medical Research Foundation is currently conducting a research study entitled, "Structural and Functional Brain Aging in Bipolar Disorder". This study investigates how aging and genetic profile contribute to brain structure and function in participants with and without bipolar I disorder. The protocol does not involve any behavioral or pharmacological treatments.

Bipolar 1 Disorder
30-79 years of age
No other current mental disorder
First episode age 13-30
Right handed
Native English speaker
$160.00 for 7 hours
Contact Heather Larabee 858.552.8585 x2774

Serving Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities In Centers of Independent Living:
A Fact Sheet
The national network of Centers for Independent Living increasingly serves individuals with psychiatric disabilities, or a combination of physical/sensory/intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities. This revised and updated publication from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities provides CIL staff with clear and current information to help them better respond to the needs of people in recovery from mental illnesses.
Developed in conjunction with CIL staff and mental health consumers from around the country, the revised Fact Sheet - first issued last year - provides brief responses to twelve frequently asked questions (e.g., What is psychiatric disability? Do people with psychiatric disabilities recovery? Where can people with psychiatric disabilities turn for clinical care and rehabilitation services? What impact is the mental health consumer movement having on MH system services? How can CIL staff respond to the needs of mental health consumers?, etc.) as well as online linkages to websites with more detailed information and instruction for each topic. The publication is designed both for individual CIL staff and for use in CIL staff training programs focusing on this growing portion of the CIL consumer base.
Serving Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities in Centers for Independent Living: A Fact Sheet can be downloaded at no cost form the Temple University Collaborative website (www.tucollaborative.org) or by clicking here. This document is also available in a variety of accessible formats. Please contact Richard Baron at rcbaron@temple.edu with requests.

                      fusion iep
A Free Workshop for Fusion Families and Members of the Community
Join us for this free informational workshop to gain a better understanding of the IEP/ISP/504 process.
Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 p.m.
Fusion Academy San Diego
512 Via De La Valle, Suite 201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
We will cover the following topics:
         Overview of the IEP/ISP/504 process
         Psychological/psycho-educational evaluations
         Private vs. public schools/evaluations
         The different components of the process to obtain these services
        We will also review your local SELPA and explain your parental rights
To RSVP, please email me at breveley@fusionacademy.com or call 858-792-2300.
Our Lecture Series are now available for viewing on our web site!! Click here
  • The 5 Most Common Mental Issues Teens Face - Dr. Thomas Jensen
  • Going to College with Bipolar Disorder - Dr. Russ Federman
  • Runaway Mind - Maggie Reese
  • A Novel Approach to Treating Bipolar Disorder - Depression Bipolar Institute
  • Irwin Rosenfarb: Family Treatment for Bipolar Disorder  





Our Next Lecture:
November 20, 2011- Rev. Beth Cooper: GAINING GROUND: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH (focus on Young Adults)  
Rev. Dr. Beth A. Cooper is a United Methodist elder. For over twenty years she has served local churches and campus ministries. She is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Master of Sacred Music and Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She received her Doctorate degree in Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. She also received a graduate certificate in Women Studies from San Diego State University. Rev. Dr. Beth A. Cooper is currently the Executive Director at The Wesley Foundation.

5:30-6:00- SOCIAL 6:00-6:45-LECTURE 6:45-7:00- Q & A  

Location: Sanford Children's Research Center, Building 12 Address: 10905 Road to Cure, San Diego 92121  


Save the date for these lectures in La Jolla:     

    December 8th, 2011- David Miklowitz Ph.D.: Bipolar Disorder: Eight Strategies for Coping as an Individual and a Family   

Random Sanity Checkpoints Should Curb The Scourge Of "DWI"
A bipolar Memoir by Alistair McHarg
 more here
The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran

Gene Olson's The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran gives a memoir of his life, his difficulties with bipolar disorder and his fight for sanity.  As Olson notes, bipolar disorder was first described at the time of Hippocrates and is currently one of the most prevalent and severe mental illnesses in the world. It affects nearly 6 million adults in the United States.  While research continues, bipolar disorder is often said to have no cure, with the choice of particular medication often experimental. 

A memoir, "Dead and Moving, Beyond the Despair of Bipolar Disorder
Rosemary Quarteroni


carlsbad marathonJOIN OUR TEAM & RUN FOR A CAUSE
Race Against The Stigma; Every Mile Gets Us Closer To The Cure!

This year, we have been chosen as one of the Official Charities for the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon or Half. There are 5 Easy Ways to support us:

*Consider running or walking the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon or Half on behalf of International Bipolar Foundation

*Sponsor one of the International Bipolar Foundation runners

*Support the entire International Bipolar Foundation Team

*Become a Fundraiser

*Volunteer on the day of the Race

Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 by January! With your support, we know we can do it!

To learn how to support us, please contact our Program Manager, Ashley Reitzin at areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org or (858) 750-5873. 
www.active.com/donate/IBPF  (Sign up as a runner, sponsor, supporter, or fundraiser)
www.doitsports.com/volunteer2/jobs-by-date.tcl?event_id=118726 (Sign up to volunteer on behalf of us)




Singapore marks World Mental Health Day
A screening of 576 residents in the Marine Parade constituency has revealed that about six per cent of them suffer from some form of depression.

Member of Parliament for the area Dr Fatima Lateef, who revealed this on the sidelines of a community event, said they have since been sent for counselling.

Some 1,200 participants got together on Sunday to form the largest "silver ribbon human chain", to mark World Mental Health Day.



Europe's brain disorder bill hits 800 billion euros The annual cost of brain disorders in Europe has soared to 798 billion euros ($1 trillion) and the region is facing a political, social and financial "ticking bomb" as more people fall prey to mental illnesses, researchers said on Tuesday.  more here



Brainsway Wins Israeli Ministry of Health Approval for Deep TMS Device to Treat Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia more here  



*Early warning signs about children's mental illness not evident to many

Canadian parent 

Most parents take 'watch and wait' approach


TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - More than half of Canadian parents (57 per cent) are concerned about the mental health of their children and most will simply monitor behaviours that can actually be early indicators of problems, rather than seek advice or treatment, according to a new RBC-Today's Parent survey of more than 2,500 Canadian parents on children's mental health.

more here 


* 2011 Champions of Mental Health see the list here 


Swedish researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg have managed to identify a gene which they believe has a strong connection to bipolar disorder.



*Bipolar and schizophrenia reversible New evidence has emerged that up to a third of all cases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could be caused by the environment and not genes and may be reversed. 

Researchers from King's College London made the discovery when they examined 22 pairs of identical twins. While the twins are genetically identical, only one of each pair had schizophrenia or bipolar suggesting that the environment was in some way responsible for the problem. The researchers believe up to 30% of all cases are caused this way.  

*Unipolar and bipolar depression: different or the same? The diagnostic boundary between recurrent unipolar depression and bipolar disorder may not be clear-cut and, further, the symptoms of unipolar depression compared with bipolar depression (although similar) are subtly different. Here we review the potential implications for clinical practice and research of new thinking about the relationship between recurrent unipolar depression and bipolar disorder. more here 

*Genetic Link to Suicidal Behavior A new UK study has found evidence that a specific gene is linked to suicidal behavior. more here

*Twin study reveals epigenetic alterations of psychiatric disorders more here 

*Mental health retreat bid 

A COUPLE who both have bipolar disorder hope to help other mental health patients by creating a unique rural retreat. more here


Scientists in Wales focus on 'genetic regions' linked to two mental illnesses CARDIFF scientists have found more common genetic variants that appear to contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. more here



Zeta-Jones's courageous admission boosts bipolar campaign in Scotland 

 FILM star Catherine Zeta- Jones' admission that she had bipolar disorder has sparked a national campaign about the illness in Scotland. 

And the Swansea-born actress, who celebrated her 42nd birthday on Sunday while her husband, actor Michael Douglas, celebrated his 67th on the same day, has been highly praised for her honesty. 

Alison Cairns, the chief executive of Bipolar Scotland, said it was estimated between two and three per cent of the population of Scotland were currently living with bipolar disorder. more here
* The Scottish Government have published a consultation document on proposals for a new mental health strategy for 2011-2015. Any comments on the document need to be submitted to the Scottish Government by Tuesday 31 January 2012. here

Irish team targets mental health genes
Irish scientists have taken a major step in unravelling the genetic causes of the two mental health conditions, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. more here  




Major brain similarities found in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia  

Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Beaumont Hospital have conducted a study which has found striking brain similarities in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  more here 


$1.2m ChCh bipolar study is first for NZ more here



Premier calls for national effort on mental health
The Queensland Premier is calling for a new campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Anna Bligh says Australia is the only western economy that hasn't tackled the issue on a nation-wide basis.

more here 



Sequel being launched at Pt Chev Library
Bay of Plenty primary school teacher, Georgie Tutt, has just published her second book - Caught Between Sunshine & Shadow: Part II- Untold Stories - an e-publication that is the sequel to last year's Caught Between Sunshine & Shadow.


She is launching it in Auckland's Pt Chevalier Public Library on Thursday during Mental Health Awareness Week.


Both this book and the earlier one share New Zealanders' experiences of Bipolar Affective Disorder and Georgie (who lives with the disorder) wants the stories to challenge misconceptions about bipolar disorder, reduce discrimination and to promote wellness and recovery.

more here 


Therese's Corner  

Therese Borchard 


An Overmedicated Nation? That's Not the Real Problem
Associate Editor

"Our country is over-medicated."

I get that a lot, usually right after I tell someone that I write a mental health blog. Not as a hobby. As my job.

Part of me agrees, the part that doesn't want to get into a long and frustrating conversation, where I explain that it's really not that simple... That the issue is fairly nuanced and complex.

Are some people overmedicated in this country? Yes. Absolutely. I devote a few chapters of my book, Beyond Blue, to describing the dangerous phase in my recovery led by a doctor whom I call "Pharma King." I was taking something like 16 pills a day, enough to drop my head into my cereal bowl every morning for about three months. And I wasn't at all uncomfortable with how the nurses at the outpatient psych program I attended jumped to an increase in medication every time a patient voiced a complaint or raised an issue.

I wanted to scream out, "For crying out loud, let the woman try to sort through this a tad before we up her prescription."

I think there are many people with mild depression who would be better served by a change in diet, a strict exercise regiment, somepsychotherapy, and the other tools we have to help us, than simply by swallowing a pill.

Bestselling author Andrew Solomon describes medication's limitations in his first chapter of the classic, "The Noonday Demon":

Drug therapy hacks through the vines [of the depression]... You feel the weight going, feel the way that the branches can recover much of their natural bent. Until you have got rid of the vine, you cannot think about what has been lost. But even with the vine gone, you may still have few leaves and shallow roots, and the rebuilding of your self cannot be achieved with any drugs that now exist... Rebuilding of the self in and after depression requires love, insight, work, and most of all, time.

Solomon is absolutely right. Medication can only take us so far.

However, the much bigger problem - and the one hardly ever mentioned in any of my conversation with others - is that not enough people are being treated, or if they are, that they aren't getting decent care.

In response to the Newsweek article about how antidepressants don't work, Peter Kramer, bestselling author of "Listening to Prozac," nails the issue. He writes:

To me, the real news of the month comes in another study from the University of Michigan, in the Archives of General Psychiatry. It found that only one in five Americans with depression has received even one adequate course of treatment in the past year. The criteria for adequate treatment are modest: 60 days of anantidepressant with four doctor or nurse visits over the year or (for talk therapy) four mental health visits lasting 30 minutes or more.

Here are some of the study's findings. The average person diagnosed with depression had severe depression. Thirty-four percent of the depressed received any medication, with 11 percent receiving adequate medication. The comparable figures for psychotherapy were higher (44 percent any; 19 percent adequate). Only 9 percent of patients got the gold standard, adequate drug treatment with adequate psychotherapy. If you look at minority groups, like blacks and non-Puerto Rican Hispanics, the numbers are cut in half; almost no one gets good care.

To me, that's the story that matters. Most depressed people don't get evaluated; most who are evaluated don't get treated; and most who are treated are treated poorly. As for whether medication helps with minor depression, that question may be less important than another one. If we were to treat all patients well-if with mildly or moderately depressed we were to start with psychotherapy and then, if that doesn't do enough, weigh other options - in that situation, ought we to consider antidepressants? To my mind, the answer is still, "Yes - yes, of course." But we are not there, far from it.

Sobering statistics Kramer presents.

Therese Borchard is a regular contributor to our My Support e-newsletter. 
Therese J. Borchard writes the daily blog, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet and is a regular contributor to the award-winning blog, World of Psychology, on Psych Central. Therese is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit. Subscribe to her Beliefnet RSS feed or her Psych Central feed. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter @thereseborchard. Articles here  are originally published on Beyond Blue (www.beliefnet.com/beyondblue).


Welcome to Our Newest Bloggers!



IBPF is pleased to welcome Sarah & Kristi as our newest bloggers. You can read their blog entries here or follow them on the 15th of each month on our website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts: here 


 sarah freeman

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is an Australian lawyer and journalist now living in the US: "Moving overseas was the culmination of my worse ever manic episode. I threw away my marriage, my career, my savings - my whole life. It should have ended in disaster but there was a silver lining. My world fell apart so completely that I ended up in psychiatric care, and was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was well into my forties and my diagnosis came just in time to save my life. Now, six years later I am stable and well and have never been happier."


Sarah is the author of the best selling e-book "The Bipolar Diet" and operates the Bipolar Lives website (http://www.bipolar-lives.com), a unique combination of personal stories, practical tools and up-to-date information on many aspects of living successfully with bipolar disorder. She is also the donor and administrator of the Bipolar Lives Scholarship, established in 2008 to support higher education for students with bipolar disorder.



Kristi Wilkerson is the author of All Things Blogtastic Blog. Wilkerson received her Bachelor's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1996.  In addition to being a parent blogger for IBPF, she is a ASK Champion for About Special Kids and a Family Resource Team Member for A Balanced Mind Foundation (formerly Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation).  She does not have Bipolar Disorder herself but is a single mother to a 12 year old son who does.  Through her blog and her volunteer opportunities she shares her story with others, helps find resources, answers and hopefully a peace of mind to parents of children who have been diagnosed with this illness.   She loves writing, reading, music, photography and traveling.  She also enjoys reading about and doing research on bipolar disorder in her spare time and wants to someday make a career out of being an advocate for children and families who suffer from mental illness.  
Tx Adv
On World Mental Health Day - A Call for Revolution
A British professor, author and expert on mental health issues has issued a provocative call for a "revolution in care and treatment" for severe mental illness on this, the 20th World Mental Health Day, an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. more here
Knowing Your State Law Can Be a Life-Saver - and Now We've Made It Easier
When someone you know is in an acute psychiatric crisis as a result of untreated severe mental illness, knowing the civil commitment laws and standards in the state where the individual lives is crucial to getting intervention quickly.

This potentially life-saving information has now been updated and expanded by our Treatment Advocacy Center state advocate experts and is available on our website as follows: www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org


Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Gedeon Richter Announce Positive Phase III Results with the Investigational Antipsychotic Cariprazine in Patients with Acute Mania Associated with Bipolar I Disorder
Available Compounds Tried in Bipolar Disorder
Several available agents in addition to methylene blue are being investigated for bipolar disorder and were included in a review by Marsal Sanches and Jair Soares1 of the University of Texas, in Current Psychiatry Reports. Those with favorable, albeit preliminary, results are recapped: here
Pharmacological Treatment of Bipolar Depression: Qualitative Systematic Review of Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trials
Articles on the pharmacological treatment of BD have several limitations which hinder the extrapolation of the data to clinical practice. Methodological errors and biases are common and statistical simplifications compromise the consistency of the findings. more here
Current pharmacological approaches and perspectives in the treatment of geriatric mood disorders
These factors altogether are expected to help the development of personalized treatment strategies that may improve outcomes with fewer adverse effects. more here
An observational nationwide register based cohort study on lamotrigine versus lithium in bipolar disorder
It is concluded that in daily clinical practice, treatment with lithium is in general superior to treatment with lamotrigine. more here
Psychotherapy for bipolar disorder: a review of the most recent studies
Recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder have added to the evidence, thereby broadening existing therapeutic options. These promising results should encourage future studies leading to a better understanding of what kind of patient or caregiver will benefit from what kind of therapy, and how efficient psychosocial interventions can be under routine conditions. more here
Maintenance treatment study designs in bipolar disorder: Do they demonstrate that atypical neuroleptics (antipsychotics) are mood stabilizers
If one defines a mood stabilizer, as they do, as a drug that prevents new episodes of mania and depression in monotherapy, then these studies do not show that atypical neuroleptics are mood stabilizers. Future maintenance research studies in bipolar disorder should use the prophylaxis design (i.e. without pre-selection of drug responders), rather than the relapse prevention design. more here
Mania following addition of hydroxytryptophan to monoamine oxidase inhibitor
This case report highlights the risk of nutritional supplements and misinformation obtained from the internet particularly for those on monamine oxdiase inhibitors (MAOIs). Despite sophisticated medical knowledge, this patient, who was taking an MOAI and complying with a tyramine-free diet, used a supplement of hydroxytryptophan that along with the MAOI appears to have precipitated mania, despite no personal or familial history of bipolar disorder.
Sleep disturbance in euthymic bipolar patients
The results of this study suggest that sleep disturbance is an important prodromal symptom of bipolar disorder and should be considered a target for pharmacologic or psychosocial maintenance treatment. more here
High-Risk Study of Bipolar Disorder: Childhood Clinical Phenotypes as Precursors of Major Mood Disorders
Childhood anxiety and externalizing diagnoses predict major affective illness in adolescent offspring in families with probands with bipolar disorder (BP). more here
Comparative efficacy and acceptability of antimanic drugs in acute mania: a multiple-treatments meta-analysis
Overall, antipsychotic drugs were significantly more effective than mood stabilisers. Risperidone, olanzapine, and haloperidol should be considered as among the best of the available options for the treatment of manic episodes. These results should be considered in the development of clinical practice guidelines. more here
Theory of mind and facial emotion recognition in euthymic bipolar I and bipolar II disorders
Impairments in facial emotion recognition and ToM are mediated, at least partly, by attention-executive functions deficits and exposure to psychotropic medications. Likewise, social cognition measures did not contribute to variance beyond neurocognitive impairments. more here
Psychiatric and General Medical Conditions Comorbid With Bipolar Disorder in the National Hospital Discharge Survey
Patients with bipolar disorder have an increased illness burden from many psychiatric and general medical conditions. Knowledge of the most prevalent comorbid conditions and methods for their prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment are critical in improving the prognosis of patients with bipolar disorder. more here
Stressed and strapped: Caregivers for friends, relatives suffer emotional and financial strain
Family members or friends caring for aging or disabled individuals in California are under both financial and emotional strain and are likely to face even greater burdens, given recent cuts in state support for programs and services that support in-home care, write the authors of a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. more here
Has California's mental-health system become one of haves and have-nots?
Seven years after voters went to the polls saying they were tired of substandard community mental-health care, there is tarnish on the promise of Proposition 63. more here
97 Years in Prison for a Mentally Ill Man Who Threw Feces
Anthony Gay was sentenced to an incredible 97 years in prison for throwing feces out his food slot, behavior experts characterize as symptomatic for severely mentally ill people held in solitary confinement. Yesterday the ACLU joined the National Disability Rights Network, Mental Health America and many others in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in Gay's appeal, calling the sentence "an unconscionable and shocking criminalization of his mental illness." more here
The Bipolar Disorder Drug Market Will Decline from $6.5 Billion in 2010 to $4 Billion in 2020, Owing Largely to Increasing Generic Competition within the Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Class more here
U.S. Advisers urge FDA to address antipsychotics in kids
U.S. pediatric health advisers on Thursday urged drug regulators to continue studying weight gain and other side-effects of antipsychotic drugs as they are increasingly taken by children. more here
Methylene Blue Studied for Bipolar as FDA Issues Warning
A study presented by Canadian investigators at the 24th Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Paris, September 5 evaluated whether methylene blue can reduce residual symptoms of depression and mania in bipolar disorder. more here
Lithium, an anti-psychotic drug, greatly enhances the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells; more here

Mental Health and Prisons: A Talk With Pete Earley
(Pete Earley is on our Honorary Board:-)

For his 2007 Pulitzer Prize-nominated book "Crazy," Pete Earley followed mentally ill inmates for a year through the Miami-Dade prison system.

The former Washington Post reporter began advocating for mental health issues after struggling to get help for his then college-age son with bi-polar disorder. His son had been arrested and put in jail.

He realized that this was not unique to his son. the rest of the story




Mania - Manic - Maniac
Let's Not Confuse Bipolar Mania With Maniacs
more here
Symptoms of Mania
Bipolar Mania Warning Signs more here
Haldol Drug Profile (Generic: Haloperidol)
Uses, Warnings, Cautions and Dosages more here
Thinning Hair or Hair Loss as a Bipolar Medication Side Effect more here
sylvia plath
Sylvia Plath - Poet, Author; Great talent in great darkness more here
Dear Friend & Advocate

When I told the team that I was dissatisfied with Jeremy's progress, the chairman said, "What do you want us to do?" Several people laughed. I was so embarrassed! Don't they know what to do? They were trying to make me feel stupid. - Marie at parent training session.

 Effective advocacy comes from research, planning, and preparation. When a meeting is scheduled, it is time to prepare. Remember the rules:

Know what you want
Do not blame or criticize
Protect the parent-school relationship
Seek win-win solutions to problems
Understand the school's position
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find out how to represent your child's interest as you negotiate with the IEP team. Learn the rules and the steps to prepare for a successful IEP meeting.
Don't put the cart before the horse! If you begin the IEP process by trying to find generic "good goals," you will probably fail because the goals won't relate to your child's needs.

First, identify your child's needs. Begin the process by analyzing your child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance. The IEP must include a plan to meet all of your child's unique needs.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find an IEP Game Plan that will describe how to create goals for SMART IEPs, step-by-step.

Psych Central 

New Insights into Off-Label Prescription of Atypical Antipsychotics

Physicians and psychiatrists got a wake-up call Tuesday when it comes to prescribing atypical antipsychotics for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A new analysis of previous research suggests the widespread prescription of such medications isn't indicated for many uses. more here
Americans' Mental Health Disabilities on the Rise
A new study discovers American adults are reporting an increase in mental health disability compared to prior decades. more here
Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Temper Dysregulation Disorder, and Medicating Kids
Like most professionals, states require psychologists to keep up with current research through continuing education. Yesterday, I attended a lecture on the differential diagnosis of ADHD and or Bipolar disorder in kids. Not surprisingly, the water is muddied by the similarity of some of the symptoms and the fact that most kids with Bipolar Disorder have other problems such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Opposition Defiant Disorder, among others. more here


maggie nami*San Diego Inspirational Awards Dinner

Young Advocate: Maggie Reese (on IBPF's Board:-) Congratulations Maggie!
Maggie, who lives with bipolar disorder herself, wrote the book Runaway Mind with the intention of helping others with bipolar disorder and to give their families and friends the hope that a person with bipolar disorder can lead a normal, productive life. By having faith, going to the doctor, taking medicine, and surrounding herself with supportive people, Maggie found that recovery is possible. Maggie's dedication to helping others has led her to many speaking opportunities around San Diego as well as a position on the Executive Board of the International Bipolar Foundation.

Help Support National Drug Facts Week
October 31-November 6, 2011

SAMHSA invites you to participate in the second annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NDFW is a health observance week to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse and get factual answers through community-based events and activities.






 Aurora Behavioral Health Care, San Diego & Willow Springs Center Present:

 October 26, 9:30 - 11:00 

"Bullying Hurts...Inside & Out" 

 A Free Continuing Education Course

Seminar will be held at the Aurora Behavioral Health Care Gymnasium.

Space is limited, reserve your seat today, and RSVP to Susan Writer at swriter@aurorabehavioral.com


Bipolar Disorder
Lecture and Performance Series
DATE:     Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM
PLACE:   Briarcliff Campus of Emory University
                1256 Briarcliff Rd, Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium
                Atlanta, GA 30306

Tom Wootton From Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar IN Order

Monday, October 24, 2011 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Santa Monica Main Library MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(415) 992-5315 for more information about this event.
This talk is not sponsored by the Library

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
David Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Free by Reservation to medical students and professionals only.
(415) 992-5315

Thursday, October 27, 2011 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Pasadena Central Library, Donald R.Wright Auditorium
285 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(415) 992-5315 for more information about this event.
This talk is not sponsored by the Library.

A Free Workshop for Fusion Families and Members of the Community

Join us for this free informational workshop to gain a better understanding of the IEP/ISP/504 process. 
Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. RSVP: breveley@fusionacademy.com or call 858-792-2300
Save the date for our free monthly lectures in La Jolla:

November 10th, 2011- Beth Cooper: Spirituality and Mental Health

December 8th, 2011- David Miklowitz: Bipolar Disorder: Eight Strategies for Coping as an Individual and a Family  


2011 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress:

November 8-9, 2011

Las Vegas

Conference dates: November 7-10

The Venetian Hotel & Congress Center


Carlsbad Marathon: IBPF is one of the designated charities for the 2012 marathon.  

Sign up here  

About the International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.
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