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Happy New Year! I hope everyone is off to a good start in 2012. Sometimes, however, the holidays and dreary January days can take their toll on a person. Tragically, there have been a plethora of suicides in our bipolar community. We urge you to please reach out and ask for help. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or needs support please:
  • Contact your suicide hotline. In the U.S. 800-273-8255
  • Talk to your family, friends, doctor, therapist or clergy member

POEM, author unknown 



For a few moments, let someone help carry your pain

Someone who is there because they care enough to help a stranger in need

Because they know, or they have seen,

From someone they know, or somewhere they've been

That your life may be in danger and there's nothing they can say,

To really make that pain go away.

But they are there for you even so,

Because somehow they know,

That somehow, some way,

They can help you find the strength to live another day...




 We have an Outreach & Referral Program, a Buddy Program and other services to help you. Please reach out to us - we are here for you! 


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  



January 16, 2012   
If you are in a crisis,
please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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February 24, 2012
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Click! International Bipolar Foundation's annual fund raiser will take place on Friday, February 24 in Del Mar, CA. Tickets & sponsorships are on sale now for this fast-paced, fun "game show" starring YOU!
Ticket includes dinner, open bar including the famous 'Clickmopolitan', Silent & Live auctions, Hope & Imagine Award presentation, and of course, the uber fun game show!!
Contact Ashley for more information or to purchase tickets: areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org
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   
  • Maricela Estrada: "My Recovery: A Story of Hope and Inspiration"  


Thursday, February 9, 2012 

Dr. Sarah Frampton: Educational Advocate


How to Navigate Educational Services in a School Environment 

Dr. Sara Frampton has experience in both psychology and education. She has a BA in Psychology from The George Washington University, a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Counseling from San Diego University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from USIU/Alliant University.

She started teaching Special Education in 197. She holds credentials to teach in Virginia, New York, and California. Current credentials include:



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:       

    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!!!

    We have received a donation from an anonymous donor to support  pediatric bipolar research.
    Your dollars will be matched 100%!! 
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    Please help us find more effective treatments for our youth suffering with bipolar disorder. 
    Please make your donation here on our secure server. 
    Our children and IBPF thank you for your support!
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Register Your Support for INTERNATIONAL BIPOLAR FOUNDATION at Ralphs!
International Bipolar Foundation is registered with Ralphs' Community Contribution Program. If you shop at Ralphs and you register as a supporter of INTERNATIONAL BIPOLAR FOUNDATION, Ralphs will contribute to the organization every time you make a purchase. It is an easy way to help our organization and it doesn't cost you a thing!

To sign up or register, simply go online to RALPHS, and click "enroll" under "participant." 
Our Agency code is 93483
. If you have any questions or need help signing up, please contact Ashley at areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org

Therese's Corner  

Therese Borchard 


 7 Reasons to Cry Your Eyes Out    


Associate Editor

New York Times reporter Benedict Carey referred to tears in a recent piece as "emotional perspiration." Given that I sweat a lot and hate deodorant, I suppose it makes sense that I weep often. But I'm not going to apologize for that, because after a good cry, I always feel cleansed, like my heart and mind just rubbed each other's backs in a warm bath.
In his intriguing article, "The Miracle of Tears" , from which I've lifted some of the research for this post, author Jerry Bergman writes: "Tears are just one of many miracles which work so well that we take them for granted every day." Here, then, are seven ways tears and the phenomenon we call "crying" heal us physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually. Read the rest of the blog here 


Nutritional Therapies Can Treat Common Mental Disorders
Nutritional supplements in appropriate doses can help treat the four most common mental disorders - major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a study published in the Nutrition Journal as well as a number of other studies done over time. here

Health Canada Approves Abilify To Treat Schizophrenia In Adolescents - Update
(RTTNews.com) - Health Canada Friday said it has approved Abilify, or aripiprazole, for the treatment of schizophrenia in teenagers between 15 and 17. Abilify is licensed to Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY), by Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Abilify is the first and only medication in Canada approved to treat schizophrenia in adolescents and it was first approved in 2009 for the treatment of schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder in adults.
Province ignores the mentally disabled
In Alberta, people with physical disorders or disabilities are receiving services they require, while people with mental or psychiatric disorders or disabilities are not entitled or eligible for the services we require. here

Health Trust launches bipolar disorder project
A RESEARCH project has been launched to evaluate new cognitive behavioural therapy for bipolar disorder by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW). here

We would like to ask those who are currently hearing voices to complete our online survey. The address for this is:  http://www.fahs.surrey.ac.uk/survey/voices/ . This should usually take no longer than 20 minutes. To thank people for their time, we can offer to enter participants into a raffle for one of several Amazon vouchers up to the value of $75 (US). We also offer to send, those who are interested, the results of the study that they have contributed to.
1 in 7 psychiatric wards breaking the law

Weight-gain side effect of medication tackled by Aussie scientists

Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly: Behind locked doors
As a psychiatric orderly, Dennis O'Donnell encountered violence and despair - but also strength and compassion. His new book offers a moving insight into this unseen and little reported world. here

Immigration in Childhood Increases Risk of Psychosis
People who move to a new country during early childhood may be at increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a new study suggests.
The results show that people who immigrated to The Netherlands when they were four years old or younger were about three times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder later in life than non-immigrants.
The older the immigrants were when they moved to The Netherlands, the lower their risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, the study found.

Gamian-Europe is a European network of patient associations dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of those with mental health problems through collaboration, research, and education. Based in Brussels it has members in almost every region of Europe (WHO definition). It is a non-governmental organization, operated and led by its members. www.gamian.eu
I would like to ask if you could ask your members to give us this information by responding to the questionnaire they can find on http://www.networkx.be/phpESP/public/survey.php?name=Gamian2011_eng_final2
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 New Year, New Outlook
If winter has you down in the dumps, take a look at the cover story in our new Winter issue. It might cheer you up to know that good qualities seem to go along with having bipolar disorder.

Research done by Nassir Ghaemi, MD, a psychiatrist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston (and a member of our advisory board), and others has found that people who have bipolar disorder also tend to have "certain specific psychological characteristics ... that are generally viewed as valuable and beneficial morally or socially." Namely: spirituality, empathy, creativity, realism, and resilience.

It may be that the genetic and neurological arrangements that give rise to bipolar are also responsible for those beneficial traits. It may be that living with a chronic illness such as bipolar strengthens certain qualities like empathy and resilience.
Whatever the case, having some pluses to set against the difficulties and demands that bipolar brings us provides a helpful new perspective. As Sara L. puts it in "Accentuate the Positives": "It's a belief about having bipolar disorder that really can make or break our ability to live well." So think positive! To read the cover story, click here

                                           SHAME ON YOU!
San Francisco Ad Agency Won't Hire Bipolars 
 A friendly reminder that, according to ADA laws, discriminating against a candidate or employee based on their mental health is illegal. Which is why, however tongue-in-cheek, San Francisco-based ad agency Palmer Advertising's Craigslist ad for a designer is cause for concern. In part of their requirements for the open Print & Web Designer gig, they note: "The successful candidate will have ... Sanity. If you are a prima donna, bipolar, or require anger management, please go to a big agency where you can hide in the crowd."
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What does the ADA have to say about eschewing bipolars in the workplace? The National Alliance on Mental Illness has more: 
The ADA requires employers who provide "reasonable accommodations" for qualified individuals with disabilities. What are "reasonable accommodations" for people with severe mental illness? 
Examples of reasonable accommodations for people with severe mental illnesses included providing self-paced workloads and flexible hours, modifying job responsibilities, allowing leave (paid or unpaid) during periods of hospitalization or incapacity, assigning a supportive and understanding supervisor, modifying work hours to allow people to attend appointments with their psychiatrist, providing easy access to supervision and supports in the workplace, and providing frequent guidance and feedback about job performance.

Feel free to send your letter of complaint to this discrimination to: dmpalmer@palmer-advertising.com



Improvements In Unipolar And Bipolar Depression Following Deep Brain Stimulation
A new study shows that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a safe and effective
intervention for treatment-resistant depression in patients with either unipolar
major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar ll disorder (BP). here
Link Between Opioid Abuse And Mood And Anxiety Disorders
Individuals suffering from mood and anxiety disorders such as bipolar, panic
disorder and major depressive disorder may be more likely to abuse opioids,
according to a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health. here
Social cognition in euthymic bipolar disorder: systematic review and meta-analytic approach
Meta-analytic findings provide evidence for emotion processing and theory of mind deficits in remitted bipolar patients. However, it is not yet clear whether these areas of impairment are related to neurocognitive dysfunctions or to medication effects. here
David Yates Might Make Bi-Polar Magical Realism with 'Your Voice in My Head'
Researchers seeking volunteers for study of light therapy
Researchers at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC are seeking adults ages 18 to 75 who have bipolar disorder with current major depression for an ongoing study of light therapy to improve mood symptoms and feelings of well-being. here
Motions Unmask Moods Problems with motor control may be a key factor in bipolar disorder
Neuralstem receives FDA nod to advance MDD compound to Phase Ib
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to Neuralstem to advance its novel neuroregenerative compound, NSI-189, to Phase Ib in its ongoing clinical trial as a treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD).
NSI-189 is the lead compound in Neuralstem's neuroregenerative small molecule drug platform, indicated to treat psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. here
MRI Scans Show Brain Changes in Kids With Schizophrenia
miRNAs & Psychiatric Disorders
Dartmouth-Hitchcock psychiatrist co-authors report on novel treatment for depression, bipolar disorder
Dartmouth-Hitchcock psychiatrist Paul E. Holtzheimer, MD, is the lead author of a new study showing how deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a particular region of the mind can safely and effectively treat depression in patients with either unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar II disorder (BP). here
 Greater Loss of Gray Matter Volume Seen in Early Schizophrenia
Progressive losses in gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the 2 years after a first episode of psychosis in children and adolescents were greater in those eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia or "other" psychoses - but not in those diagnosed with bipolar disorder - compared with healthy controls, results from a prospective, multicenter, 2-year follow-up study show. here
How century-old brains in jars could help researchers treat mental illness
Scientists hope specimens will reveal mental disorder 'markers' to improve diagnosis for psychological illnesses. here
Opinion: Proposition 63 has cut homelessness, arrests, psychiatric hospitalizations

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International Bipolar Foundation is pleased to announce that The Honorable Patrick Kennedy has been able to reschedule his previous engagement with us and will be speaking on May 22 in celebration of  Mental Health Awareness Month 

If you are interested in attending the free Public Forum; 3:30-5:30, please contact areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org 


 The Bipolar Disorders Spectrum - More Than Just Manic Depression

Depakote Drug Profile

Bipolar Depression: Symptoms of Decreased Energy and Activity

 Golden Globes: Claire Danes wins for actress

in the TV series drama Homeland

Clare Daines
Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a mentally unstable CIA officer who is convinced that Brody is an agent of Al Qaeda. She gets antipsychotic medication and lithium from her sister, psychiatrist Maggie Mathison (Amy Hargreaves), but she fears she'll lose her job if she gets medical treatment through normal channels.

 Meet Jake, our newest bloggerJake 

Jake Adams currently lives in San Pedro, CA and was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He is the owner of a real estate investment company that specializes in rehabbing homes in Southbay Los Angeles area. He has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management. Jake has successfully managed and ran a multi-million dollar company before he came to California to pursue his real estate business.


Jake has constantly been a student of human emotion and psychology and continues to provide support and motivation to others with mental illnesses. He has a strong desire to motivate people to be their best and has a great talent to be able to see the potential and abilities in others.

VOLUNTEER, it's good for the heart, good for the soul!  


Go to www.Sparked.com and you can volunteer for us for as little or as much as you like. Use your skills to join International Bipolar Foundation in our mission  to eliminate bipolar disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.

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To go along with our commitment to addressing the psychological effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, we have a new brochure, Transforming Psychological Trauma: How Faith Communities Can Promote Healing.  This brochure helps congregations recognize symptoms and provide support to person dealing with psychological trauma from interpersonal events and other traumatic events like natural disasters and the violence of war.  It can be used along with our new video clip as a way to begin a discussion about how faith communities can support those who have experienced many kinds of trauma.



Whether or not faith and prayer can aid in healing has been a topic of debate in the medical community for decades.  It may seem strange to devote so much time to looking for the connection between faith and medicine, but there are plenty who devote their time, talents and intellect to answering such questions. This blog entry includes references to 25 intriguing scientific studies about faith, prayer and healing:





I was one of the persons interviewed by Charles Honey of the Grand Rapids Press.  Honey cites studies that have found that spirituality helps many struggling with mental illness.  MLive, an online collective of Michigan newspapers, recently featured a compelling article on faith as a powerful partner in mental health care. This article explores the view many churches have of treatment, the view many in the treatment field have of religion and the ultimate benefit of both to people who live with mental illness.




An article on the healing power of faith, including the stories of persons from many faith traditions, is available in the fall, 2011 issue of bp Magazine.  Have a Little Faith by Robin L. Flanigan shares how people find the comfort, guidance, and an answer to the "Why me?" questions in religious belief.  The purpose of bp Magazine is to provide hope and harmony for people with bipolar.




A study by Rush University Medical Center suggests patients diagnosed with clinical depression have better outcomes to medical treatment if they have belief in a concerned God.  The investigation expands earlier research that found a religious belief can help protect against symptoms of depression.




In Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families, psychiatrists and pastoral theologians come together in an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort to ensure accuracy of information concerning the medical dimensions of mental illness, interpret these illnesses from a faith perspective, and make suggestions relative to effective ministry. Readers will learn how science and a faith tradition can not only co-exist but work in tandem to alleviate the pain of the afflicted and affected.


For more information on this resource, visit the Augsburg Fortress store at: http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/16987/Ministry-with-Persons-with-Mental-Illness-and-Their-Families



Bridges of Hope is a new resource designed by NAMI FaithNet Advisory Committee members to give NAMI members a user friendly, scripted power point presentation to use when speaking to faith communities.  The Reaching Out to Faith Communities training tool was previewed at the NAMI national convention in Chicago this past summer.  The Reaching Out resource is designed to give background information and useful tools in preparations for reaching out to faith communities.  Once persons have the information, tools and confidence, they can use Bridges of Hope to educate and empower faith communities on the importance of talking about mental illness to create caring congregations for persons living with a mental illness and their families.


Three topics are addressed including:  What is mental illness and what is its impact?; What role can faith communities play in supporting and caring for people with mental illness?; and Who is NAMI and what does it offer faith communities?  Length of the presentation depends on the speaker's pace and amount of discussion encouraged.  It can be used in its entirety or in sections, depending on the audience's familiarity with the subject matter and time allotment.  Both Reaching Out to Faith Communities and Bridges of Hope are available to be downloaded from the NAMI FaithNet micro-site at www.nami.org/namifaithnet.   


The resource/study guide, Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond, is available in English and Spanish.  It is available as a free, downloadable resource on the Mental Health Ministries Home page.


Dear Friend & Advocate

In this issue  of the Special Ed Advocate Wrightslaw provides answers to frequently asked questions, directs you to specific sections in IDEA 2004 and the Federal Regulations, and offers additional resources for more information.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn that having a sense of humor is great, but maintaining one is not always easy, especially in the maze of special education. We hope this issue will help.

Psych Central 

 In Bipolar Treatment, Doctors Ignore Health Factors
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Rise Above Club
Ages 7-16
Rise Above Club is ClubXcite's most popular Social Club for children and teens who prefer a small group enviornment. We aim to hone participants social skills and facilitate in the fun process of making friends!

Pick Up and Drop off: The Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
Home pick up and drop off is available!

Enroll today! Please call Evan Kirstein on 858 922 5920 for rates and availability!


The Sad Little Secret
By Muffy Walker, MSN, MBA
I was 11 when my grandfather died. I remember my mother showing up at school and me getting excused from classes early. In my young, innocent mind I thought she was quite possibly going to surprise me with an Easter break trip to Florida.
Her eyes were ringed in red and her mood was not suggestive of a vacation on the beach. She explained little as we drove home, except to tell me my grandfather, her daddy, had died of a heart attack earlier that day. She and my father were going to Boston for the funeral and my brother, sister and I would have to stay home with a sitter.
It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I learned the truth. My grandfather, Ampa we called him, had gone down to his basement and shot himself. more here
The Reality of Mental Illness: University Edition (UCSB)
By Opinion Editor and Leslie Purdie
I'm diagnosed with a variety of psychiatric conditions: bipolar I disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD and a learning disability called dyscalculia. As a teenager I battled anorexia nervosa. I've been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward three times since the age of 14, tried over 30 different kinds of psychotropic medication (most of which didn't work) and self-harmed. I've shamelessly sobbed in public for no reason, stayed awake for days on end without stimulants (including caffeine), bled, bruised myself, screamed at strangers, believed I was thinking someone else's thoughts, blacked out drunk to escape my mind, hurt people I loved and seriously contemplated suicide. Electroconvulsive therapy is a likely treatment option for my next major depressive episode. At 21, I had a voluntary tubal ligation because I feared that I would become pregnant on medications that cause severe birth defects. That being said, my life is good. I come from a loving, middle-class family and I have reliable, caring friends. It's the hand I was dealt, and I wouldn't have it any other way. more here



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   


NAMI WALK: The walk is scheduled for April 21, 2012 





Come visit IBPF's booth! 


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


David Granier will be doing a Webinar on Stand Up For Mental Health and how we use comedy to empower people with mental illness and fight public stigma.
It takes place on: Thursday Jan 19 from 11-12:30 Pacific Time, 2:00 pm-3:00pm Eastern time.  

This webinar will be presented live via teleconference and web interface.

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PHONE ACCESS: 1.866.305.2467 CODE: 518298#


Family and Youth Roundtable Presents
Stigma, Discrimination and Disparities in Children's Services Conference 
February 15 - 17, 2012
IBPF President, Muffy Walker will be presenting on Februauy 15
San Diego, California
Click here to register
The 26th Annual SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on Child and Family Maltreatment 
Please join us for our 26th San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center on January 21 - 27, 2012.  We are offering a "special rate" to San Diego County professionals. For more information please visit http://sandiegoconference.org/
How Parents, Students & Schools Can Navigate the Challenges of Bipolar Disorder.
Presented by The Winston School with Dr. Thomas Jensen & Muffy Walker MSN., MBA on the panel.
February 1; 4-5:30pm The Winston School, Del Mar, CA
RSVP: kathyg@thewinstonschool.com
The most practical Strategies for helping the child or adolescent with mental health issues succeed at school by dr jay berk

pasadena March 20 and Santa Ana March 21
it's $179 if you pre-register. (www.health-ed.com)
Speak Up for Kids May 6-12, 2012
Make it your new year's resolution to Speak Up for Kids! We are excited to spread the word about the signs and symptoms of psychiatric and learning disorders in children and teens with our 2nd annual Speak Up for Kids public education campaign during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012). 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.
Visit us online for more information: www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org
11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100  San Diego, CA 92130
p: (858) 764-2496  f: (858) 764-2491
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