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We are very excited to have acquired National Bipolar Foundation(NBF). Marc Kullman, their founder, joins our Board of Directors and brings with him a rich passion and dedication to helping those affected by and with bipolar disorder. We look forward to reaching out to NBF's over 6500 followers and offering them the excellent programs and services we have offered our followers for the past 6 years.
To your health,
P.S. Feel free to also contact me at anytime Muffy
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International Bipolar Foundation Acquires National Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the National Bipolar Foundation (NBF). NBF was founded by F. Marc Kullman in 2005. After being diagnosed in 1997 with Bipolar Disorder, he was determined to become a spokesperson for the disease, with hopes of eradicating the stigma associated with the illness. Soon to follow was his notoriety for his "Just Today" painting, which depicts Bipolar Disorder. This painting served as the symbol for the National Bipolar Foundation. Kullman also introduced the Safe 'til Stable Program with the MedicAlert ID bracelet . The ID bracelet helps physicians and first responders in medical emergencies, including law enforcement, to recognize the needs of individuals living with mental illness and treat them appropriately.
Kullman first learned about the work that International Bipolar Foundation was doing in 2010 when he saw that their missions were alike. "I thought the work they were doing was great for all bipolar people and their families, and I decided to join efforts", said Kullman. Shortly after, he approached IBPF President Muffy Walker to discuss joining forces.
Founded by four parents with children affected with bipolar disorder, International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization. Walker saw the opportunity for synergy and agreed to work together towards the common objective of improving the lives of those affected with and by bipolar disorder.
Kullman has accepted a position as a director on the IBPF board and will serve on the Program Committee. "We are thrilled to have Marc join our board. He brings with him a rich cache of skills as well as a passionate raison d'Ítre, which will help us all further 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., said Walker".
Bipolar Disorder and Severe Irritability in Youth:
Same or Different?
WITH ELLEN LEIBENLUFT, M.D.
Save the Date: Tuesday, November 13; 9:00am PST
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D. is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in the Emotion and Development Branch, Mood and Anxiety Program, National Institute of Mental Health, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Leibenluft received her B.A. from Yale University summa cum laude and her M.D. from Stanford University. After completing residency training at Georgetown University Hospital, she served on the faculty there as director of the psychiatric inpatient unit and day hospital. She came to the NIMH in 1989, and since that time has been conducting research on bipolar disorder. Her research focuses on the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Her work involves the use of cognitive neuroscience techniques and neuroimaging modalities, including functional MRI. In addition, since questions have been raised as to whether children with impairing irritability should be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Dr. Leibenluft conducts research on this question, including studies on the brain mechanisms mediating severe irritability in children.
November 8th Lecture
Treatment Horizons in Bipolar Disorder: Stem Cells and Pharmacology
with Dr. John Kelsoe
Dr. Kelsoe graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1981. He completed internship training at Washington University in St. Louis and psychiatry residency at UCSD. He then went to the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for 4 years and returned to San Diego to join the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 1989 at UCSD.
Dr. Kelsoe's longstanding research focus has been the genetics of psychiatric illness, bipolar disorder in particular. Over the past 20 years, his work has been focused on using a variety of molecular genetic methods to identify the specific genes that predispose to bipolar disorder. He has pursued this primarily by using positional cloning methods such as linkage and association in families in which the illness is genetically transmitted. He has also employed animal models of bipolar disorder in order to identify possible candidate genes that can then be tested in clinical populations. This approach has led to the recent identification of the gene for G protein receptor kinase 3 (GRK3) as a likely gene for bipolar disorder on chromosome 22. Dr. Kelsoe is currently actively engaged in genome wide association studies of bipolar disorder. He directs the Bipolar Genome Study (BiGS) which is a 13-site consortium focused on identifying genes for bipolar disorder and their relationship to clinical symptoms. He also co-directs the Psychiatric GWAS Consortium for Bipolar Disorder (PGC-BD) which is an international collaborative effort designed to identify genes for bipolar disorder in a sample of over 10,000 patients. These large exciting new technological approaches promise great advances in understanding the causes of bipolar disorder.
Sanford Children's Research Center (Building 12)
10905 Road to the Cure
San Diego, CA 92121
6:00-7:00 Lecture and Q&A
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Dr. Kelsoe's primary clinical focus is the treatment of refractory mood disorders. He is the Medical Director of the STEP Clinic at the VA Hospital where they specialize in the treatment of chronic and refractory mood disorders. Patients at this clinic receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and are eligible to participate in longitudinal research studies of the ability of genes to predict course, outcome, and treatment response.
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Talking About Your Family History of Mental Illness
Did your parents ever have "the talk" with you? Have you had "the big talk" with your children? No, I don't mean the "s_x talk." I'm talking about discussing your family's history of mental illness.
Shawn Maxam, author of "The Bipolar Griot" blog on HealthyPlace, shares his recent conversation with relatives about mental illness in his family. He says it left him feeling empowered knowing he wasn't the only family member with a mental illness.
I want to take it one step further. It's important to share your and your family's history of mental illness with your children for these two reasons:
To help them understand why mommy, daddy, grandpa, or aunt Betty behave the way they do.
And even more important than that, they are prepared for the possibility that they may have a mental illness too or their children may develop a mental illness.
Research has shown there is genetic component to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and some anxiety disorders. You may be thinking, "well, my child doesn't have any signs of a mental illness right now." That may be true. However, signs of mental illness may not appear until late teen years or later in adulthood. Don't leave your child clueless and having to suffer, not knowing what is going on. Arm your child with the knowledge he or she needs to manage any future mental health problems. If you have a mental illness, you know how important that conversation can be. Have it with your child today and keep filling in the details in followup conversations.
5 Things You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder
Each year, one in four American adults is diagnosed with a mental illness. Bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that is characterized by episodes of "highs" called bipolar mania and "lows" called bipolar depression, impacts more than five million American adults each year. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition that can affect both how you feel and how you act. If not properly treated, bipolar disorder can be disruptive and can interfere with a person's ability to handle everyday tasks, such as work or family life.
Below are five things you need to know about this mental illness.
The median age of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder
is 25 years.
According to the DSM IV, a medical reference commonly used
by health care professionals to aid in diagnosis, bipolar disorder
can cause extreme swings in mood, energy, and behavior.
A person experiencing an episode of bipolar mania or bipolar
depression experiences manic or depressive symptoms nearly
every day for at least two weeks.
Researchers agree that there is no singular cause of bipolar
disorder. Instead, it is believed that many factors, such as
genetics and brain structure, increase a person's risk factor.
With proper treatment, bipolar disorder can be successfully
managed and people diagnosed can lead full and productive lives.
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder should work with their doctor to discuss a treatment plan and identify helpful resources.
Bipolar plus anxiety Getting an accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder has been a turning point for many of us, since the right medications make a huge difference in maintaining balance. Yet for nearly two-thirds of people with bipolar, that may be only half the story.
The other half? Anxiety.
Panic attacks, obsessive worries, debilitating fears, even insomnia and restlessness may be tied to an undiagnosed anxiety disorder rather than bipolar. As you'll read in "The Tension Tango," the cover story of our new Fall issue, it's important to bring up anxiety symptoms with your practitioner in case you require two-track treatment. In fact, assessing anxiety may become part of standard care for bipolar.
Of course, no one wants to hear about yet another mood disorder to deal with. When Rebecca R. got an anxiety diagnosis in addition to her bipolar diagnosis, she felt overwhelmed and hopeless. But as she explains in "The Tension Tango," within six weeks of starting appropriate medications, "I was a brand-new person."
Click here to read more.
Is is LOVE or MANIA? SoundOFF! for our Winter 2013 issue.
The euphoria and obsessiveness we feel in the early throes of new love have a lot in common with symptoms of mania. How often have you found yourself wondering if your "true love" is really true? Do manic episodes often find you pursuing "the one"?
Click here to let us know in 75 words or less.
Are you Positively Creative & More? A Swedish study of more than a million people has found that individuals involved in the creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population-and the lead author is challenging the psychiatric establishment to respect that talent in their patients.
According to Simon Kyaga of Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet, "If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with the patient's illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach to treatment." (The study appeared online on October 11 in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.)
Kyaga's attitude synchs with the views of psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi, MD, who directs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston (and is on bp Magazine's advisory board). In our Winter 2012 cover story, "Accentuate the Positive," Ghaemi discusses his findings that certain traits associated with bipolar disorder-including creativity-can contribute to a more satisfying, successful life.
In the story, Steve B. of Colorado explains that the energy, self-confidence and buzzing ideas that come along with bipolar serve him well-as long as he's managing his illness. "If you leverage it properly and don't go overboard, it's amazing the things you can do," he says.
Pediatric Suicide Prevention in Emergency Medicine Settings Network faithful - an opportunity to provide feedback to NIMH on strategies to enhance suicide prevention efforts targeted at children and adolescents within emergency medicine department (ED) settings, where many individuals at high risk for suicide are seen.
What are college students with mental health challenges saying?
The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children
Lamotrigine as add-on treatment to lithium and divalproex: lessons learned from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in rapid-cycling bipolar disorder
New Psychiatric Drugs Low Priority for Pharmaceutical Firms, National Institute of Mental Health Reveals
The pharmaceutical industry has largely abandoned drug development for mental illnesses even though depression is a leading cause of disability, experts say. Authors of papers published in this week's issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine argue that drug discovery for treating psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression are at a near standstill.
New tools to improve safety of patients with limited English proficiency
Network faithful will want to pay attention to a new module and guide from the AHRQ that deals with limited English proficiency. Lessons to be learned for child mental health advocates! here
Bipolar conversion in children linked to family history
A recent article released by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows reports which illustrate the lack of equity in available Healthcare for minorities and lower income bracket families.
What they mean when they talk about pre-existing health conditions
Network faithful are advised to spend a few minutes (okay, actually a lot of minutes) reading a wonderful article from the Kaiser Family Foundation that focuses on how each of the Presidential candidates would approach the issue of pre-existing conditions. People who have a health problem or who are at higher than average risk of needing health care are referred to as having a pre-existing health condition. Health plans have an interest in controlling access to coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions because, depending on their condition, they are more likely to use covered services than other enrollees in a health plan. While the news is full of talk about people with health concerns like diabetes, coronary artery disease, etc., there is not much talk about children with serious mental health issues who would definitely fit into the class of "pre-existing conditions." Knowledge is power folks. Read what your candidate is saying about this issue and make an informed choice. here
Happy Together? Or is Your Relationship Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health?
Human nature is social by design. We have an emotional need for relationships and positive connections to others. But what if a relationship turns from supportive to stressful? From a source of happiness to one of verbal or physical abuse? more here
Resources for Veterans Day
Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year that allows Christian communities an opportunity to educate about PTSD.
Mental Health Ministries is offering an interfaith Veterans Day resource that can be used as a bulletin insert or flyer. It can be printed on both sides and cut in half to save paper. This resource is available in English and in Spanish.
We also have an article, How Faith Communities Can Help Veterans and Their Families Readjust by VA Chaplain, David Lundell.
The Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network (PDC) has a document, "The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community," available at http://www.pcusa.org/resource/2010-disability-inclusion-resource-packet/.
Leading Ideas, an e-newsletter from www.churchleadership.com features Ministry with Veterans in their May 23, 2012 issue
THE BOOK & MOVIE CORNER
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle
Did you know we have different country-specific chapters?
Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families: A Soul Care Approach for Chaplains and Pastors
The Iraq War caused emotional, physical, psychiatric, relational, and spiritual challenges to an untold number of military reservists and their families. Reservists' families, usually living far from military bases with professional staffing, are often among the most affected wounded of the Iraq War. Injured reservists often return home to discover the civilian medical resources are insufficient to help manage the range of combat-related wounds and psychiatric trauma, especially PTSD and traumatic brain injury. This book analyzes the various impacts of war and recommends a soul care approach for chaplains and pastors to use in support of reservists and their families and to guide any persons interested in providing such support.
Wylde Serenity is a very heart felt book of poetry. The author brings out feelings of darkness, love, and realization. It really does make you think about your life and brings out your own emotions. This book keeps your interest and when you read it you want to continue from start to finish. Wylde Serenity is an excellent read!
A Detour of Mind: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder
Lucid, evocative and powerful.
Bipolar disorder takes Gary by surprise following his retirement. He finds himself descending into a deep dark place where he relives events of his past, including those of his mother and maternal grandfather, as he tries to make sense of what he is experiencing.
As a result of there being a strong family history of bipolar disorder, the writer learnt as much as he could about the condition by working in the field in an attempt to overcome the condition should he succumb and fall victim to it.
We find ourselves sharing his desperation and despair, his triumphs and failures and rejoice as he sees the light and works his way towards it.
It's not a handbook, but it should be compulsory reading for anyone entering the mental health field and a must for those with bipolar disorder.
Kings River Magazine
A woman's struggle to deal with bipolar disorder as it affects all of her life's aspects; her jobs, her relationships, her ability to live her life normally. She is not diagnosed until middle-age; her diagnosis is not the end of her quest to find out what is wrong with her life. She has to then find a doctor and medications that will work in her individual case. The journey is long and the destination is in doubt. Bipolar disorder is a common, often undiagnosed mental illness that affects about four percent of the population. It is a challenge to get diagnosed, to find a doctor who understands and is able to treat the disorder, and to find the right combination of medications that will balance the mania and depression that are the hallmarks of the mental illness. A person with bipolar disorder cannot control his or her moods and consequently their lives spin out of control as they self-medicate with alcohol and drugs and make poor judgment calls. Many do not recognize that they have an illness and do not seek treatment. This book is an introduction to some of the problems and some of the solutions that can be found for bipolar disorder. It is fictional, but the situations are often found with people who have the disorder.
Lies in Silence
Hart's family suffers from a variety of disorders: Her husband from depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD), a neurologically based condition characterized by problems with attention, impulse control and hyperactivity. Her oldest daughter has untreated bipolar disorder, her middle daughter has bipolar disorder and ADD, and her youngest son has bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions) or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something.
"It occurred to me that this level of suffering would teach others the authentic experience of severe and chronic mental illness symptoms," Hart said, explaining the reason behind her book, published in 2009. "With the combination of having family, being a clinician, a writer, public educator and my own experience I knew I could present the candid picture necessary."
If you are a new parent or a seasoned special ed veteran, you will learn something new in the following FAQs about IEPs.|
Learn the federal special education law and regulations. Legal Requirements of IEPs.
of the Special Ed Advocate we answer your frequently asked questions about requirements for signing the IEP, what can be included in the IEP, and when IEPs expire.
Ever heard these statements from the school?
We can't make exceptions.
We have never done that before.
The law says we don't have to do it.
When you advocate for your child, you will meet gatekeepers! Gatekeepers limit the number of children who have access to special education services and the services children can receive.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what to do if you are advocating for a child with a disability and run into a gatekeeper. On "The Lighter Side," find some statements gatekeepers make that are astonishing. Well...maybe not.
If you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to FAPE under the IDEA. What does this mean? Your child will receive a:
free appropriate public education (FAPE)
in the least restrictive environment (LRE)
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal concept of FAPE, who is responsible for providing a free, appropriate public education and what the courts have said about how it is delivered.
Welcome Carley & Eva, our newest bloggers
Carley: My name is Carley. I'm very excited to be part of the International Bipolar Foundation blogging team. First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my story.
I've had a Rather Difficult Life, but I've Come Out the Other End Happy.
I was born in Fortune, Newfoundland. I now live in Barrie, Ontario. I was Social Phobic, right from kindergarten. Back then they didn't have this label and they certainly didn't know it was a disorder that needs attention and treatment. I saw it as rejection. I never asked questions in school, and usually cried if the teacher asked me one. Fear, anxiety, and feeling of not belonging has always been a big issue with me.
I was a sick child, and spent a lot of time in the hospital. I never thought of it as abnormal. It was just life to me.
I have a rather normal family (whatever that means), and a large extended family. I have two younger brothers; and my parents are still alive and married after almost 50 years. We lived in the country growing up, and I was a tomboy. I loved my dolls and such things in my room, but outside, I was riding my bicycle and building a tree-house with the boys.
I always felt that I was I was an outcast from the outcasts. I went into my first big depression in the 5th grade, but I told no one. From that point on I had a difficult time making and keeping friends. I was molested as a teenager for 3 years. My first boyfriend died when I was 16. He had Cystic Fibrosis.
I've had a lot of abuse from men in my life; mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. I am a survivor and proud of it!
I was married and divorced. In 1992 I was involved in a 6 car pileup on an icy highway. I spent the next 2 and a half years recovering.
I am a graduate student in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. This research project is part of my dissertation, one of the requirements of the degree of Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.). It is being conducted in part by the Emotion, Personality, and Altruism Research Group (EPARG).
This study is about how Bipolar Disorder affects the process of making and maintaining friendships. One major component of mental illness is that it affects people's ability to function in at least one of the very important spheres of life: employment, self-care, the social arena, and many among others. But a person's mood symptoms, in isolation, are not the only things contributing to life difficulties. Stigma has also been shown to play a major role in how individuals suffering from psychiatric symptoms are perceived, and thus their ability to live up to their potential. This study focuses on how the mood symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and the stigma of having a mental illness affect the process of making and maintaining friendships.
While many studies have focused on stigma and friendship in diseases such as Depression and Schizophrenia, few have touched on the unique influences of Bipolar Disorder on the social arena. Given how incredibly important it is to have social support while in recovery from mental illness, this study hopes to explore the relationship between mood and friendship in order to further our understanding so that we may provide more effective clinical services.
If you have been diagnosed with a Bipolar Disorder, and are age 18 or older, this is an opportunity to share your experiences and to contribute to psychological research. Please click the link below to be directed to the ANONYMOUS survey, which should take about 15-45 minutes to complete, depending on how much information you choose to share. Thank you so much!
A MUST SEE
The Stand up Kid - standing up for mental illness
By Charlotte Fantelli
Time To Change has once again produced a thought provoking and hard-hitting campaign that highlights the reality of mental illness. I watched this film for the first time and had goose bumps at the portrayal of the young man standing in front of his peers, describing in heat-wrenching detail the realities of depression and how it feels to be isolated by his classmates.
The end of the three-minute film is touching and I would urge anyone to watch and to share. Please, help spread this great film and stand up for mental health.
Society wouldn't accept jokes about the physically ill, conditions that warrant 'sympathy', yet all too often ignorance and bullying from peers can create more suffering for those already struggling under the weight of mental illness. Campaigns like this can help understanding and help others know they are not alone.
Well-done Time To Change, another great success.
NEWS FROM NAMI, DBSA, & SAMHSA
Co-Occurring Disorders (Mental Illness and Addictive Illness) 101
Workshop and Panel
November 8, 2012 - 6pm to 8pm
University Christian Church, Friendship Hall
3900 Cleveland Avenue - San Diego, CA 92103
SAVE THE DATE
Behavioral Health Conference & Resource Fair
MEETING OF THE MINDS
November 7, 2012 - San Diego, CA
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
APNA 26th Annual Conference: Fighting Stigma
November 7-10, 2012
6th Annual Lecture on "Stem Cells and Ethics"
with John Kelsoe on IBPF's Scientific Advisory Board
Monday, November 12, 2012
University of Michigan Free, Register here
Promoting physical health in secure psychiatric care
November 13, 2012, London, UK
more info here: http://www.centrevents.co.uk/secure.html
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse for their first in a series of free webinars on the role of Certified Peer Specialists in promoting community inclusion.
November 15, 2:00 - 3:00 EST
register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/502931257880380416
ME2 Orchestra; Music for Mental Health
Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the UVM Recital Hall.
4th Annual Family & Youth Conference
Stigma Discrimination and Disparities in Children Services
February 13-15, 2013, San Diego, CA***************************Kids Included Together's International Conference on Inclusion!
Date: March 13-15, 2013
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Visit KITconference.org for more information!
Purchase tickets today by visiting www.FlynnTix.org or calling the Flynn Regional Box Office at 802-863-5966.NAMI San Diego gears up for San Diego County NAMI Walk 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
May 11, 2013
DBSA 2013 National Conference
June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL
ISBD Annual Conference
June 15-18, 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.
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