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Each month when I write this newsletter, I am surprised at how quickly the time has gone by. We recently returned from the national NAMI conference in Seattle, Washington (USA) where we saw old friends and made new ones.
We would love to hear from you. Please drop me a note, tell me what you're up & how we can help. We are here for you!
To your health,
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
|If you are in a crisis,|
please call: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
|WEBINARS WE'RE OFFERING IN JULY
The Basics, Diagnosis, and the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder for Patients
and their Families
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Calabrese
Time: 9:00AM PST
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat: here
The diagnosis and treatment of bipolar I and II is complex and requires the presence of a family member and/or significant other. The typical psychiatric initial evaluation frequently requires 60-120 minutes to properly assess the illness and all of its co-occurring illnesses, which frequently include an anxiety disorder and a substance use disorders. Assessment to target subtle signs of hypomania and mixed states. It is essential to not only treat the bipolar disorder but the co-occurring illnesses as well. The foundation for the treatment of bipolar disorder should be mood stabilizers, medication that have been shown to prevent mood episodes.
Joseph Calabrese, MD holds the Bipolar Disorders Research Chair and is Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Director of the Mood Disorders Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University Hospitals Case Medical Centre. Dr. Calabrese is on the Scientific Advisory Board for International Bipolar Foundation.
Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Patients with Bipolar Disorder
Date: July 23 at 9:00am PST
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Frank
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat: here
Ellen Frank is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Frank and her colleagues have developed and tested a series of adaptations of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) including maintenance IPT, brief IPT, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for the treatment of bipolar disorder which has now been adapted for both group and individual treatment of both bipolar and unipolar disorders. She recently completed a study with researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the clinical importance of subsyndromal mood and anxiety conditions and their impact on the outcome of interpersonal psychotherapy and SSRI for depression. She is currently working with colleagues throughout France to establish a network of expert centers for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Frank was Chair of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel. She also is a former member of the U.S. National Advisory Mental Health Council. She currently serves on the Mood Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-5 and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1999, Dr. Frank was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.
| SPECIAL GUEST LECTURER|
Dr. Mauricio Tohen
Transforming Mental Health Through Leadership and Collaboration -From Clinical Epidemiology to Clinical Trials-
FOCUS ON YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS
Monday, August 27, 2012
7:00pm (PST) La Jolla, CA
|Did you know our book is now available:
- e-book version; Kindle & Nook
- Hard copy
- Has "country- specific" chapters
- Is being translated into various languages - if you or someone you know can help translate our book, please contact Ashley: areitzin@InternationalBipolarFoundation.org
|Turning Point: Journalist Jane Pauley tells her own story about bipolar disorder|
By Molly Guthrey
"I have a story to tell that I would not have imagined -- but I have the clips to show it," says veteran broadcaster Jane Pauley. more here
|May the Female Force be with you: |
Carrie Fisher goes on voyage into comicsBy David Bentley
MAY the Female Force be with you.
Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for portraying the determined, battle-ready Princess Leia in the epic saga Star Wars, is the latest star of Bluewater Productions' popular Female Force comic book biography series.
Writer CW Cooke takes the reader through the ups and downs of Fisher's life and career from galaxies far away to stories close to home, including her struggles with bipolar disorder.
Carrie asked Bluewater to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the comic to the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, renowned for its excellence in treating psychiatric disorders. Bluewater also includes information in the book about the condition.
"I am a huge fan of Carrie's and I, too, suffer from bipolar disorder. She
has inspired me in so many ways. Her candid wit and brutal honesty is what is needed to help lift the stigma off of the disease," said Jason Schultz, vice president of Bluewater.
Female Force: Carrie Fisher, illustrated by Ryan Paule and with a cover illustration by Joe Phillips, is available at comic stores and online retailers as well as digitally on the Nook, Kindle, and iPad.
| When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind |
By JENEEN INTERLANDI We were on something like the 15th round of rummy, and my father was winning decisively. He cracked a wide, toothy grin as he laid his cards on the table. "That's 321 for BaBa, and 227 for String Bean," he said, tallying the ledger we were keeping on a piece of scrap paper.
Before he finished writing the numbers, he began a rapid succession of anecdotes about his first car. And his second. And his third. He reached for a mag
azine to show me the vintage Mustang he said he was planning to buy my mother for their 45th wedding anniversary, which, he reminded me, was just six months away. Then he began speaking Sicilian, instructing me to repeat after him: "Napeladan mangia pane!" ("People from Naples eat bread.") "Calabrese testa dura!" ("People from Calabria have thick heads.") My father has the most amazing blue eyes, and right then they were wide and eager, like an overexcited child's. He was rambling, and the inflections of his voice betrayed sheer manic joy. It was a mood completely incongruous with our setting.
We were playing our card game at the Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services, or PESS, a small locked-down unit in the community hospital near my parents' apartment in Somerville, N.J.
Diet Coke and Depression
By THERESE J. BORCHARD
When you are a recovering drunk, you don't have a ton of options at parties. I used to be an avid Diet Coke drinker. But last summer my sister scared the, well you know what, out of me when she started talking about what aspartame can do to your system. I am chemically sensitive as it is, and many of you are, too, probably - which is why I don't drink alcohol and gave up smoking.
But I was curious if Diet Coke was really that dangerous. I did some research, and as you well know, every paranoia will be confirmed eventually by some article on the web.
the rest of the blog here
|International Bipolar Foundation has been invited back for the 2nd time as an official charity for the 2013 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half.|
Please support us and our team, the Stigma Busters, by raising $15,000 between now and January! The goal of the International Bipolar Foundation is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those affected by bipolar disorder. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see the changes and improvements.
NEWS AROUND THE WORLD
Mediterranean diet linked to better mental health
No health without mental health
By Jessica Brown
No Health without Mental Health is a cross-government mental health strategy. It was published on 2nd Feb 2011, and sets out to encompass the government's acknowledgement that standards, stigma and solutions of mental health in England requires improvement and investment. here
Mental Health Champions recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Centre for Mental Health congratulates key leaders in the field of mental health who have this week been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The Centre's former chief executive and the current chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Angela Greatley has been awarded an OBE. Angela was chief executive of the Centre between 2005 and 2009, upon her retirement. Prior to joining the Centre in 2003 she worked at The King's Fund and as a commissioner of mental health services in London.
The Centre also congratulates Jeremy Clarke, chair of the New Savoy Partnership, and Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on their CBEs, and we congratulate Patrick Vernon, chief executive of the Afiya Trust, and Professor Conor Duggan, of the Institute of Mental Health, on their OBEs.
The S3-guideline was released for publication
Press release for publication of the first evidence-and consensus-based S3 guideline on diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorders in Germany. here
New financial perspectives of AI
The latest financial perspectives of the Federal Social Insurance Office show that the Federal Council and Parliament are able to clean up the Disability Insurance (DI) without new cost-saving measures laid down in the second part of the sixth revision of the AI (6b).
Quality of psychiatric
The formal quality of expertise of the AI people with mental illness is inadequate. This is the conclusion of a study commissioned by the Federal Social Insurance Office.
Mental Health Awareness Month in July
July is Mental Health Awareness Month and SADAG is encouraging communities, schools, companies and individuals to 'Mind Their Mental Health'. From radio to TV to articles in newspapers and magazines, SADAG will be there to answer questions about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and support of mental illness. 1 in 5 South Africans suffer from a mental illness - whether it's depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, bipolar or an eating disorder, help and support are available. SADAG can be contacted toll-free on 0800 20 50 26 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for free counselling, information on mental health and referral to mental healthcare professionals throughout the country. Our Substance Abuse Helpline is open 24 hours a day on
0800 12 13 14.
Mental health policy in Australia, for so long ignored, is finally getting attention. here
The summer issue is now available.
Did you know bp Magazine is now available in a digital version?
click here for digital access
Symptoms change with age
Women, take note: The "change of life" can mean a change in the course of your bipolar disorder as well.
A recent study analyzed clinical visits by 768 women with bipolar disorder in three stages of reproductive life: pre-menopausal, moving into menopause, and past menopause. The women were evaluated for mood states: no symptoms (euthymic), elevated mood, and depression.
As the women transitioned through menopause, instances of euthymia decreased and depressive symptoms increased-a finding that is true among the general female population as well.
In fact, the hormonal changes women go through over a lifetime, beginning with puberty, interact in complicated ways with our moods. Writer Robin Flanigan explores the subject in detail in "Can't Keep a Good Woman Down," from esperanza Magazine's Winter 2012 issue.
Tests look at aspirin as add-on treatment
A new study is looking at whether aspirin and the nutritional supplement N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) are effective as add-on therapies for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Club Xcite Club Xcite provides in home after school services to mainstream education students in San Diego who are faced with academic, social, behavioral or emotional challenges. Programs are available for children ages 3 to 20. Services are broken down into three categories:
1) Academic Solutions: Services include private tutoring, homework support, classroom aides and specific academic support for children or teens with learning disabilities.
2) Social or Behavioral Solutions: Designed for children who struggle socially making friends, have mood disorders, aspergers, autism, hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, or behavioral challenges. The solution range from one on one social, behavioral or recreational mentoring to small group social or sports clubs. All services support confidence building leading to personal growth and happiness.
3) School Enrichment programs. These programs are designed for private and public schools who offer after school enrichment programs to their students. We have developed several exciting and innovative classes to give students learning opportunities in a fun, engaging environment. All classes use a personalized approach with a 4 to 1 ratio.
THE SAN DIEGO FATHERHOOD NETWORK INVITES YOU TO THE FIRST
Southern California REGIONAL FATHERHOOD SUMMIT
FRIDAY, 13 JULY, 2012; 8 AM to 2 PM, Hosted East African Buffet Lunch
CASEY FAMILY PROGRAMS OFFICES 3878 OLD TOWN AVENUE, STE 100 SAN DIEGO, 92110
Meet and Share Ideas with Fathers, Fathers' Inclusion Specialists and Social Workers from our neighbors in Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, hosted by the San Diego Fatherhood Network with strong community-wide support. Free to all. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Eric to Eric.Luciano@yahoo.com or Adam at Papamoag@msn.com
Emergency Planning for Those With Mental Illnesses
Long QT Interval - Medication Side Effect
A few psychiatric drugs have a slight risk of causing this potentially life-threatening heart condition, including Geodon and Zoloft. here
Twelve Video Clips Available on Mental Health Ministries Website
Our theme song based on Gloria Estefan's Coming Out of the Dark is on the Home page as a reminder of light, hope and new life. Twelve video clips on a variety of topics are available in the Resources section of the website and on You Tube. Nine of these clips are available on the Mental Health Mission Moments DVD described below.
Coming Out of the Dark Intro
Teenage Depression and Suicide
Overcoming Stigma Finding Hope
Addiction and Depression
Creating Caring Congregations
Mental Illness and Families of Faith
Jewish Families of Faith
Out of the Ashes: Transforming Trauma
Mental Illness and Older Adults
Gifts of the Shadow
|THE BOOK CORNER
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle
Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression
As a magna-cum-laude Harvard grad, tenured professor, in-demand preacher, and author of popular as well as academic books and blogs, Monica A. Coleman is what most people would call "a success." Behind her impressive achievements, however, is a story that many of her friends and colleagues knew nothing about - her ongoing struggle with severe depression.
In Not Alone, she opens up her life to offer the hard-won wisdom that she's obtained as she's wrestled with God and depression. While avoiding easy answers, she shares the struggles she has faced, in order to give hope to those who deal with similar challenges, so that they will be better equipped to explore and reflect on their own experiences and faith. Above all, she writes to let them know that they are not alone.
Not Alone is a 40-day devotional wrestling with some of the tough issues around faith and depression. Weaving together theological reflection, medical research and personal experiences, Not Alone offers readers and opportunity to explore and reflect on their own understandings.
Find more information at Coleman's website: http://monicaacoleman.com/not-alone/
Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/KE94Wl
Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery
In a recently published book Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery, author William R. Merchand, MD discusses the biological and psychological causes of this mental illness and enables the reader to become empowered to find the best treatment approach. The following is an excerpt from the 10th chapter of the book where the author discusses alternative and complementary treatment options to Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
Ministry with Persons With Mental Illness and Their Families
Fortress Press recently announced the release of 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. It can be purch ased on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Ministry-Persons-Mental-Illness-Families/dp/0800698746.
This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar So
Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a mother with a mission. She's an advocate, an activist and an award-winning Vanderbilt University professor of women's and gender studies and English. She's also an author.
Her newest book, This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son, is a moving and ultimately hopeful account of a family's struggle to understand and accept their son's bipolar disorder.
Stigma against people with mental illness is rampant, even in this day and age. However, making a personal connection with someone who has a mental illness through hearing their story is one of the best ways to combat harmful stereotypes. From this realization, a powerful book was born.
Ordinary Couple Facing Extraordinary Circumstances
Autobiography of an Ordinary Couple Facing Extraordinary Circumstances
Author E.R. Buckler tells of his love for his bride and their battle with bipolar disorder in Autobiography of an Ordinary Couple Facing Extraordinary Circumstances (published by Trafford Publishing, March 2012) Dr. E. R. Buckler presents an inspiring tale of love and adoration.
The work includes the life story of two people in love who faced insurmountable obstacles to that love. Wrestling with the realities of bipolar disorder, Buckler and his wife tackle major obstacles and, in the end, find that their love has been strengthen.
& in the MOVIE CORNER....
'OC87': A First Film, Personal And Hard-Won
Bud Clayman is not the sort of person who typically attracts cameras. Pudgy, with a droning voice and a cackle his own father says makes him sound like a chicken, Clayman harbored dreams of becoming a filmmaker in Los Angeles after college - dreams complicated by his Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.
Three decades and several breakdowns later, he's made his first film: a document of his own struggles with mental illness.
OC87, named for the year Clayman experienced his initial breakdown (and the shorthand he uses to describe his altered state of mind), is one man's attempt to exorcise his demons. here
Dear Friend & Advocate|
If you are like most parents, you want the school to provide your child with quality special education services and supports - and, you want to avoid a due process hearing.
In the Wrightslaw model of special education advocacy, you prepare for a "worst case scenario." You hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn how to avoid the conflict of due process and how to prepare if you must go to a due process hearing. Find a success story of how one family prevailed at due process - they refused to give up!
You will understand the power of getting organized when you take your organized file to the IEP meeting this fall. You will gain a sense of control.
Your goal this summer...
Learn how to create a document management system
Organize your child's special education file
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we explain the importance of keeping and organizing records. You will learn where to start, what supplies you will need, and how to develop your Master Provider List.
BIPOLAR APP FOR ANDROID
The symptoms of bipolar disorder can hurt your job and school performance, damage your relationships, and disrupt your daily life. And although bipolar disorder is treatable, many people don't recognize the warning signs and get the help they need. Since bipolar disorder tends to worsen without treatment, it's important to learn what the symptoms look like.
Although bipolar disorder is a disruptive, long-term condition, you can keep your moods in check by following a treatment plan. In most cases, bipolar disorder can be controlled with medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy).
Recognizing the problem is the first step to getting it under control and knowing more about it. Go download your FREE BIPOLAR DISORDER app now! here
Welcome Angel, Evan & Erica, our newest bloggers
was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane. Her book is a memoir that takes an in-depth look at her own struggles with Bipolar II coupled with look at inpatient psych wards in Los Angeles County.
Angel was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder years after battling a life of alcohol and drug addictions as well as abusive relationships and two unhealthy marriages. Both marriages each resulted in a miracle, giving Angel two wonderful daughters. Her oldest daughter was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 7, and then rediagnosed with the additions of psychotic tendencies, general anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, ADHD and ODD by the age of 10. Angel and her daughter are now stable and receiving the proper treatment. Angel has finally found the stability she'd been missing all her life as well as peace and happiness which she carries with her most days. She has also rediscovered her love of music and writing and hopes to find a way to share those talents with the world.
Evan Spencer, Esq. is a bipolar attorney from New York who won a landmark First Amendment case against George Lucas creator of Star Wars in 2002, invented the pre-sexual agreement following the arrest of NBA Star Kobe Bryant, and has represented hundreds of clients and recovered millions of dollars in a variety of fields of civil litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, entertainment law, employment law, and copyright and trademark law. Evan is also the co-creator of the acclaimed documentary Inside Tennis for the Tennis Channel, co-creator of MovieStarTheSeries.com, and author of the screenplays "Contempt of Court" and "Macedonia." In his free time, Mr. Spencer participates in volunteer work, is a 4.5 NTRP USTA tennis player, an ACBL Regional Bridge Master, and an avid skier, bowler, reader, writer, and bassist.
NEWS FROM NAMI, DBSA, & SAMHSA
Support, Empower and Employ! A Networking Call for Mental Health Employees and Student Interns in public mental health who have "lived experience".
** Are you an employee and/or student intern in the public mental health profession?
** Do you also identify as a person with client/consumer experience who wants to network with others with lived experience?
** Do you want to learn about how to create a wellness environment at work, job accommodations, and career development?
Then we invite you to join us!
Working Well Together (WWT) holds a statewide telephone conference call each month for employees, student interns and peer volunteers who identify as having lived experience. This call provides an opportunity to learn about Working Well Together and have a safe space to share thoughts, ideas, and hopes.
Calls are held the second Wednesday each month from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dial-in Number: 1-877-552-6504 (No access code needed)www.workingwelltogether.org
Congratulations DBSA Chapter Service Award Winners!
New DBSA Survey: Research Permissions & Privacy This survey address privacy related to research in the areas of Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children; Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior in Young People; Follow-up Treatment for Depression and Bipolar Disorder; and Depression in Pregnancy.
DBSA San Diego has a new free group for parents, family & friends of teenagers with mood disorders starting in the East County this Wednesday. It will continue every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 6:30pm-8pm at the REACH Academy. This group is NOT for teens with mental illness, just for their parents, family & friends.
The group is not yet on our website or on the county list, but the official flyer can be found here http://www.dbsasandiego.org/resources/parent-support-group.pdf and is attached.
For more info on this group, please contact the group leader Vickie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAMHSA: Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools here
Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students. Inventory#: SMA12-4669
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations
Offers guidance and tools for early identification of children and adolescents with mental health or substance use problems in various settings: child welfare; early and primary care; family, domestic violence, and runaway shelters; juvenile justice; and schools. Inventory#: SMA12-4670
SAVE THE DATE
Westminster Health Forum and Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar
11 July 2012, London
Andy Bell will be speaking at the Westminster Health Forum and Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar, 'Mental health and wellbeing: taking forward the Mental Health Strategy'. Further information is available from the Westminster Forum Projects website: http://bit.ly/wuBuxk
5th National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women & Girls Health, Empowerment, Resilience & Recovery
July 17-19, 2012 San Diego Marriott
WEBINAR with Dr. Joseph Calabrese
July 11, 2012, 9:00am (PST) (see above to register)
WEBINAR with Dr. Ellen Frank July 23, 2012, 9:00am (PST) (see above to register)
2012 NAMI CA Annual Statewide Conference When: Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th
Where: Marriot Hotel, Irvine, CA
Schizophrenia & Related Disorders Alliance of America (SRDAA) Conference May 12 Detroit
September 29 Houston
Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health
September 15,2012 ***********************
DGBS Annual Conference 2012
September 27-29, 2012
DBSA 2013 National Conference
June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL
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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A Word About Funding
Please note that International Bipolar Foundation does not represent any pharmaceutical company or give any speeches for a pharmaceutical company nor does our site receive advertising dollars from any company.