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Happy holidays all. We wish you a very happy New Year filled with good health, family & friends around you, and prosperity.

For those who struggle with the holidays, Dr. Ken Druck shares with us a HOLIDAY GIFT, called How to Coach Yourself Through The Holidays.  This free booklet is based on his work in self-coaching and overcoming adversity.  It takes only a few minutes to read but it is one of the most powerful things he has ever written.  Please have a look at this guide and think about who you know that might benefit, especially if they're going through a tough spot.
Simply go to the home page of his new web site, www.kendruck.com, click on Embrace the True Spirit of the Holiday by Dr. Ken Druck and download How To Coach Yourself Through the Holidays.

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  



December 22, 2011  
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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  


Thursday, January 12, 2012

"My Recovery: A Story of Hope and Inspiration"

Featuring Maricela Estrada

 Maricela Estrada is the author of Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self. Estrada received her Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. She works for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a Peer Advocate. A Peer Advocate is a trained professional with life experience that is now able to reach out to others by providing peer support. Estrada believes that Bipolar Disorder is a gift of challenge that has made her stronger, resilient, loving, compassionate and caring. She does not see it is a disability but as a strength. Through this gift she has become a motivational speaker on recovery from mental illness. After years thirteen years of being in and out of mental hospitals, she has found the ultimate strength to persevere and shine. Estrada's mission is to reach out and share my story spreading a message of hope all over the world. Her next book, Beautiful Bipolar Bisexual, continues her story.




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:       

    February 9, 2012- Sarah Frampton - educational advocate -

    March 8, 2012- Carol Battaglia - attorney - special needs trusts

    April 12, 2012- John McManamy - consumer, activist 

    May 10, 2012- Suzanne Fiala, MD - pediatrician who has bp

    June 14, 2012- Lis Eyler, PhD - research project

    A special THANK YOU to Stephanie Coccaro for creating and designing our lecture series flyers - they are awesome!!!

Therese's Corner  

Therese Borchard 


Depression Busters   


Associate Editor


 My therapist helped me to build a personalized "toolbox": a list of a dozen depression busters to direct me toward mental health, and an emergency lifeline in case I get lost along the way. I consult these 12 techniques when I panic, when I get pulled into addictive behaviors, and as armor in my ongoing war against negative thoughts. Here they are: twelve strategies to take us all to the promised land of recovery from depression. Read the rest of the blog here  

International Bipolar Foundation

Launches Successful Webinar Series


Last week, our Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Jensen presented the 4-Phases of Bipolar Treatment. It was hugely successful with participants joining from around the globe including Australia, India, United Emirates, the U.K., Canada, S. Africa, Bahamas and more.

Here's what 1 mom had to say:

"Simply an amazing webinar.  I live in Northern California (Folsom, which is near Sacramento) and I have gained much of my knowledge from research and seminars done by Stanford (Dr. Kiki Chang).  It was so refreshing to hear a very similar philosophy shared by Dr. Jensen.  This approach has worked well for my now 17 year old son (diagnosed rapid cycling BP age 10) and for my 38 yr old sister (with BP disorder).  You have done such a service for parents and members in sharing this well-articulated presentation. Dr Jensen provided a very useful and informative webinar.  What a great doctor.  I look forward to recapping the discussion with others in my region."
Kind Regards,
Amy F  


Watch our newsletter, web site or FaceBook page to learn about other upcoming webinars including Dr. Yatan Balhara from Delhi, India.    




Mental Health is a Global Urgent Issue

One Voice 4 Mental Health Awareness' is a global advocacy group to ensure human rights for adults and children with mental health challenges. Mental health is an urgent global issue - as testified by worldwide reports at http://www.globalmentalhealth.org/ and http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201008160014.html - that demands urgent global solutions. The World Health Organization has a global action plan on mental health(http://www.who.int/features/qa/43/en/index.html) and we are calling upon the UN to prioritise this and ensure adequate treatment and human rights for all people with mental health challenges.
This petition to the UN will be formally presented to them when it reaches its set target of 100,000 signatures calling for action on this matter! Petition here

At a prestigious awards ceremony in Pretoria last Friday night, Zane Wilson Founder of SADAG (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group ) was recognised as one of the Top 10 Influential Leaders in Health Care in South Africa by the South African Institute of Health Care Managers (SAIHCM).

Channel 4's campaign series 'Battlefront' puts mental health in the spotlight.
Fronted by 17year-old campaigner Katya O'Neill, the project aptly entitled 'Start talking mental' aims to get young people talking about mental health. here
Moggies help lift the mood
New research suggests that people find owning a cat has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing. here
New Mental Health Bill gains Lords' support
The Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill, aiming to help those suffering with mental illness access employment, completed its 2nd reading in the House of Lords today (25th November 2011). here
People with mental illness 'still live 15-20 years less'
The latest press release from RCPsych gives insight into these shocking statistics:
People with serious mental illness are still living 15-20 years less than the rest of the population, according to a study from the Nordic countries. here
We regularly campaign to raise awareness of issues affecting the nation's wellbeing and to help people better manage their mental health. here

Shine a Light on Depression Campaign
beyondblue has recently awarded 22 research grants totalling $5 million.
Eight projects totalling almost $1.2 million have been funded under the beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence (bbVCoE) - a joint initiative of beyondblue and the Victorian Government.
Mental Patients in Poor Physical Shape
People with psychotic illnesses are more likely to be obese, smoke and suffer chronic health problems than the general population, a study shows.
A snapshot of 2000 Australians with psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, found most were in poor physical shape. here

Bipolar Disorder: Extreme Mood Swings Decoded
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental health condition in which people swing between periods of being in an extremely elated state to being in an extremely depressed state.
This form of extreme mood swings has the power to damage our relationships, disrupt daily activities and hurt our overall performance at work or school. The only way you can recognize this problem is by decoding its symptoms and then working towards a solution. Dr. Pulkit Sharma, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytical Therapist at Vimhans Hospital, Delhi takes us through bipolar disorder in detail. here

Increased Drug Options for Mental Health
Schizophrenia pharmaceutical alliance provides treatment options here

Are any of your family members affected by mental illness? The University of Otago, Christchurch wants to talk to you. 
Participants will undertake one-off four hour session with the researchers, answering questions and surveys. Anyone interested can contact Dr Vierck on 378 6547.

Novartis joins exodus from traditional R&D neuroscience drug work
Novartis ($NVS) is joining the global exodus from the field of traditional drug research for brain disorders. Nature reports that the pharma giant has set in motion plans to shut down its neuroscience division in Basel, Switzerland, signaling a fresh retreat as it joins GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) and AstraZeneca ($AZN) in abandoning some of its longstanding drug development efforts in the field. More here

Disabled Nova Scotians' talents 'untapped'
Whether it's a hearing impairment, mental health issue or physical challenge, disabled Nova Scotians represent an underused labour pool, local experts say.
About 200,000 Nova Scotians live with a disability and 135,000 remain unemployed, Collaborative Partnership Network and Inclusive Education and Employment symposium co-chair Janice Ainsworth said in an interview Wednesday. here

Beiträge aus dem Bipolar-Forum
Erfahrungsbericht einer Forumsteilnehmerin
Nachstehend schildere ich, wie ich ins Bipolar-Forum gefunden habe, was ich durch die Teilnahme gelernt und verarbeitet habe und weshalb ich heute immer noch schreibe. Weiterlesen...
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Signs of bipolar in new moms
December 5, 2011-Experiencing a psychiatric episode within the first 30 days post-partum appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing bipolar affective disorder, according to a report published online ahead of print by the Archives of General Psychiatry.
"Childbirth has an important influence on the onset and course of bipolar affective disorder, and studies have shown that episodes of post-partum psychosis are often best considered as presentations of bipolar affective disorder occurring at a time of dramatic psychological and physiological change," the authors write as background information in the article. "It is also clear, however, that a high number of women with the new onset of a psychiatric disorder in the immediate post-partum period do not receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder."
The eyes have it
November 13, 2011-Children with bipolar disorder or severe mood dysregulation spend less time looking at eyes when trying to identify facial expressions, according to new research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Compared to their peers with no mental disorder, children with bipolar focus more on the nose and mouth, which may explain why they have trouble correctly interpreting others' moods.
Sweet news for the holidays
cookie shop
At the MHA Village in Long Beach, California, people are baking their way to a better life. The Village, a program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles, provides support to help individuals with bipolar disorder and other mental illness live independently. At the Village Cookie Shoppe, they have the chance to gain a steady job and valuable work experience. www.villagecookieshoppe.com


Rare Genetic Mutations Linked To Bipolar Disorder
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, reports that abnormal sequences of DNA known as rare copy number variants, or CNVs, appear to play a significant role in the risk for early onset bipolar disorder. here
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Awards $2.34 Million in Grants to Help Prisoners with Mental Illness Return to Community
Mental Health & Well-Being initiative partners with South Florida Behavioral Health Network and Valley Cities Counseling to stop vicious cycle of arrest, release and relapse
Unraveling how a mutation can lead to psychiatric illness
In recent years, scientists have discovered several genetic mutations associated with greater risk of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. One such mutation, known as DISC1 - an abbreviation for "Disrupted in Schizophrenia-1" - was first identified in a large Scottish family with high rates of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.
Studies have since shown that DISC1 mutations can lead to altered brain structure and impaired cognition, but it was unknown exactly how this occurs. A new study from Li-Huei Tsai, director of MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, shows that DISC1 mutations impair a specific signaling pathway in neurons that is critical for normal brain development. here
Caffeine Linked to Psychosis in Case Series
Most people just get a mild buzz from their morning coffee, but an unfortunate few have reactions to caffeine ranging from severe agitation to paranoid delusions and psychosis, forensic psychiatrists reported in a poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry in the Law. here
Post-Partum Psychiatric Problems Increase Risk Of Bipolar Disorder
A report published by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives
journals, shows mothers experiencing a psychiatric episode in the first 30 days
post-partum appear to have an increased risk of developing bipolar affective
disorder. here
Endophenotype Strategies For The Study Of Neuropsychiatric Disorders
The identification of genes that contribute to a susceptibility to complex
neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar
disorders has been not very successful using conventional genetic approach. here
Missing Synapse Protein Linked To Abnormal Behaviors
Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit
abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders.
Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. here
Do symptoms of bipolar disorder exhibit seasonal variation? A multisite prospective investigation
No evidence of systematic seasonal variation in symptoms was found in the sample as a whole. Primary analyses found no evidence that hypo/manic symptoms peaked in the lighter months and depressive symptoms peaked in the darker months. The present findings align with broadly negative conclusions from three earlier prospective investigations, and provide the strongest evidence to date that seasonal changes do not in fact cause coordinated variation in BD symptoms. here
Phenomenological features and clinical impact of affective disorders in OCD: a focus on the bipolar disorder and OCD connection
Those individuals with comorbid affective disorders, particularly bipolar disorder (BPD), represent a clinically severe group compared to those without such comorbidity. Clarifying the phenomenological features of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)-affective disorder comorbidity has important etiological and treatment implications. here
Fish consumption and severely depressed mood, findings from the first national nutrition follow-up study
The study concluded that independently from social deprivation and physical diseases, low fish consumption was a risk factor for SDM among men. here
Consumer Reports: The Truth About Fish Oil; Testing Suggests Some Brands Fall a Bit Short
Insight in Bipolar Disorder
Impairments of executive functions and memory, as well as higher severity of psychotic symptoms, are associated with impairments of insight. Insight is more impaired during an illness episode than during remission, in mixed than in pure manic episodes, in bipolar II than in bipolar I patients, in pure mania than in bipolar or unipolar depression. Psychosocial treatments improve insight and outcomes. There is a need for integration of quantitative assessment methods and their introduction into research and clinical practice. here
Antipsychotics Linked To Increased Diabetes Risk
Children taking medication commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of autism and other developmental disabilities may be at increased risk for diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers found that kids and teens taking so-called second-generation antipsychotics like Risperdal, Abilify and Seroquel were four times more likely to develop diabetes than those who were not taking the drugs. here
Schizophrenia Gene Associated With Psychiatric Disorders And Brain Development
Significant progress has been made in understanding the genetic risk factors underlying psychiatric disease. Recent studies have identified common genetic mutations conferring modest risk and rare variants comprising significant risk. One example of a rare cause of psychiatric disorders is the Disrupted in Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1) gene, first identified in a large Scottish pedigree displaying schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.  here
Emotional Priming With Facial Exposures in Euthymic Patients With Bipolar Disorder
These finding of persistent affective priming even at conscious awareness may suggest that bipolar patients have impaired cognitive control on emotional processing rather than automatically spreading activation of emotion. here
Four Winners Named for 2011 Torrey Advocacy Commendation
Governor to Voters: Will You Fund Mental Health?
Gov. Jerry Brown is leapfrogging the state legislature and going straight to California voters with a ballot proposition he says will protect education and public safety, including mental health services for residents in the cash-strapped state. here
The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed Lefties Face Chance Of ADHD, Other Disorders; Brain Wiring Holds Clues


Bipolar I and Bipolar II - What's the Difference?

Electroconvulsive Therapy Today

Financial Assistance for Meds

Bipolar Disorder & Child Birth

Dear Friend & Advocate

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. RTI is part of that pavement.

RTI and an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education can run concurrently. They are two different trains running on two different tracks at the same time. -Parent Attorney Jeff Martin

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find important issues parents need to be aware of regarding Response to Intervention (RTI). You will learn about the RTI process, identification of struggling students, and what IDEA requires.
Progress Monitoring is used to assess your child's academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

In other words, it tells the teacher what your child has learned and what still needs to be taught.

Progress monitoring is an essential component of RTI. With RTI, schools should closely monitor student progress, measure the responsiveness to instruction, and adjust the required intensity of instruction and intervention.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find more about RTI, how progress monitoring works, and articles and information about the benefits and challenges of this practice.
Sometimes your child has difficulties early, with red flags especially in language areas - reading, spelling, writing.

Often the school's solution to this problem is to continue to do the same thing with your child, waiting for a different outcome.

Hoping that maturity will cause children to learn to read, write, and spell is not the answer. "Waiting to fail" instead of teaching a child to read has been discredited for decades.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn not to wait for your child to fail. Learn why and how to insist that the school use a research based reading program that is implemented by a highly skilled, trained reading teacher.

Psych Central 

Suicidal Behavior May Begin Before High School

Depression, Heart Disease May Be Linked By Stress Recovery Time

Researchers Narrow Down How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in Brain

Blood Test May Predict Anti-Depressant Effectiveness
Mid-Week November 30, 2011
Weekend December 2, 2011
Mid-Week December 8, 2011
Weekend December 9, 2011
Mid-Week December 14, 2011
Weekend December 16, 2011


by Andy Thomson & Russ Federman 

 What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Psychiatric Medication in Bipolar Disorder
Use of Natural Supplements in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
Denial and Resistance to the Diagnosis in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
When Is Bipolar Hypomania More Than Simply Feeling Good?
Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder
Importance of Good Sleep for Those with Bipolar Disorder
Importance of Healthy Life Structure for Those with Bipolar
Importance of a Support Group in Treating Bipolar Disorder
Looking for a Psychotherapist or Psychiatrist Who Treats Bipolar Disorder

The video has been edited into 10 different segments, each between 4.5 and 12 minutes in length.  It can be access through our website's (www.BipolarYoungAdult.com) Resource page, or directly through YouTube at:



NAMI's Peer-to-Peer Recovery Educational Course: This Peer-to-Peer educational course focuses on the recovery process for individual's with a serious mental illness. It is designed for any individual who experiences mental illness to develop skills to grow.

Upcoming Peer-to-Peer courses:
Area: East San Diego County
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Starting: Monday, January 9, 2012, Ending: Monday, March 12, 2012
Area: North Central San Diego County
Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Starting: Tuesday , January 10, 2012, Ending: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 


Upcoming Family to Family courses:

Area: North Central San Diego County Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Starting: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Area: East San Diego County
Fridays, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Starting: Friday, January 20, 2012
Area: Central San Diego County
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Starting: Saturday, February 25, 2012 

Facebook to collaborate with mental health organisations to prevent suicide
In the first partnership of its kind, the world's largest social networking website Facebook is to team-up with mental health groups to better support those considering suicide. here






Carlsbad Marathon: January 22: IBPF is one of the designated charities for the 2012 marathon.  

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