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website and find current information about ongoing research, medications, personal memoirs, books, lectures, etc. The few lectures and webinars I have participated in have been invaluable. More than anything, it has been re-assuring and less isolating to read that others share similar challenges, concerns and down right worry regarding their loved ones illness. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this your life's passion to help ALL of us to not feel so helpless. God Bless, Lynne"
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Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh
Bipolar Disorder in Schools: What every parent needs to know.
Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh is a practicing licensed educational psychologist who has devoted his entire professional career towards promoting the education of students with disabilities and differences. As a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology, Dr. Haytasingh has taken his appreciation for brain related differences in children, and used that knowledge to properly evaluation and set up individual programs for students in public and private educational settings.
Dr. Haytasingh received his bachelor's degree in psychology and child development from California State University at Chico in 1999, and his master's degree in school psychology from National University in 2001. He earned his doctorate in school and educational psychology from Alliant International University, with emphasis in neuropsychology in 2005, and a post doctorate certificate in school neuropsychology from Texas Women's University in 2006. He received his board certification in 2006 from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. Before receiving his bachelor's degree, Dr. Haytasingh worked in the department of psychiatry Tehama County Mental Health RTC. Dr. Haytasingh worked as a direct care counselor treating adolescents with dual DSM-IV diagnosis. During his graduate level work in San Diego, Dr. Haytasingh worked as a therapeutic behavioral specialist, and case manager at Vista Hill Foundation, where he worked with at risk youth and families in the home and school diagnosed with mood conditions. At that same time, Dr. Haytasingh worked for the Southern Indian Youth Council treating Native American adolescents who experienced depression and drug use diagnosis.After he received his master's degree, he served as a school psychologist for the San Dieguito Union High School District from 2001 to 2004. At that time he delivered services for the Coastal Learning Academy, which focused on educating students with mood conditions.
Dr. Haytasingh provides assessments to student with emotional and neuropsychological differences, and works with teachers, parents and districts to develop meaningful educational programs. Dr. Haytasingh also works with dozens of attorneys and advocates in providing independent educational evaluations, and program evaluations for students suspected of not making educational benefit.
January 10, 2012
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WOW, 3 WEBINARS THIS JANUARY!!
Making the Numbers Work for Us: Epidemiology and Assessment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D.
January 8th at 9:00am PSTRegister here
Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also the Acting Director of the Center for Excellence in Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder. He is the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, and is an elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has consulted on the 5th Revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM5) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He chairs the Work Group on Child Diagnosis for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.He has served as the Director of the Data Management and Statistical Analysis Unit and Research Methods Core of the Center for Research in Bipolar Disorder across the Life Cycle.He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware, and he completed his predoctoral internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.Dr. Youngstrom is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the relationship of emotions and psychopathology, and the clinical assessment of children and families.He teaches courses on assessment and therapy, developmental psychopathology, research design, and multivariate statistics, and has earned the Tanner, Carl F. Wittke, Glennan Fellowship, and the Northeastern Ohio Teaching Awards.He actively investigates ways of improving the use of clinical assessment instruments for making better differential diagnoses, predictions about future functioning, or monitoring of treatment progress - particularly with regard to bipolar disorder across the lifespan. Dr. Youngstrom has spoken on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder at scientific meetings in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia, as well as around the United States. Dr. Youngstrom has published more than 150 peer reviewed publications on the topics of clinical assessment and emotion, and he has served as an ad hoc reviewer on more than sixty prominent psychology and psychiatry journals as well as being on the editorial boards of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Psychological Assessment.He is currently on the Education Committee and the Research Committee of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Youngstrom was the principal investigator on a five year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH066647) and co-investigator of a second, multi-site R01, both designed to improve the assessment of bipolar disorder in diverse community samples. He has received grants from the NIMH, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Cuyahoga County, and the Schubert Center for Child Development, and has been principal or co-investigator on more than $30 million in funded projects.
Oxidative Stress and Antioxidants: What is the relevance for bipolar disorder? Ana Cristina Andreazza, Pharm, PhD
January 17th at 11:00am PSTRegister hereI started my career as Pharmacist and moved to science to study the antioxidant properties of flavonoids at the Biotechnology Institute at University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Over the years I became interested in the involvement of redox mechanisms in the brain, which motivated me to pursue a doctorate degree. As part of my thesis, I investigated the influence of oxidative stress damage in major psychiatric disorders (i.e bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.) To follow my goals in research, in 2008 I accept a postdoctoral position at University of British Columbia to study the oxidative damage to specific mitochondrial proteins in postmortem prefrontal cortex from patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Currently, I am Scientist at Centre for Addiction Mental Health and an Assistant Professor at Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto. I am still fascinated by the brain and its redox biology and my research line is now focused in exploring how redox modification to proteins change relevant pathways to synapse modulationPresentation Description:The current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are based purely on self-report and behavioral observation and lack substantial biological validation. This contrasts sharply with several other areas of medicine where biological tests, based on validated biomarkers, aid in diagnostic and treatment decisions. There is thus a pressing need to identify biomarkers reflecting underlying pathophysiologic processes for the majority of psychiatric disorders. Development of biomarkers will help facilitate more accurate diagnosis of these disorders than reliance on observation of behavioral measures alone, prevention of illness progression and ultimately provide biological targets to optimize treatment choice and rational design of new treatments. Thus, decreasing the associated-disease health costs. Extensive investigation has been pursued along the past 50 years to try to identify the etiology and pathophysiology of major psychosis. However, more recently attention has been growing for the involvement of oxidative stress in bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia (SCZ), with studies demonstrating increased markers of oxidative stress in the brain and peripheral blood cells of both BD and SCZ. In this symposium, Dr Andreazza will start by discussing recent results demonstrating that down regulation of mitochondrial electron transport chain, the main source of reactive oxygen species, differs between BD and SCZ. Then, Dr. Andreazza will move to discuss the crosstalk between brain and periphery findings of oxidative stress in major psychosis. In fact, recent results from our group show that markers of early lipid peroxidation (lipid hydroperoxides) have a negative relationship with white matter damage, evaluate by diffusion tension analysis, which might offer a biomarker of crosstalk between white matter abnormalities and peripheral measurement of oxidative stress.
Bipolar Disorder and Severe Irritability in Youth: Same or Different?
Dr. Ellen LiebenluftJanuary 30th at 9:00am PSTRegister hereEllen Leibenluft, M.D. is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in the Emotion and Development Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health. Dr.Leibenluft studies the brain mechanisms mediating bipolar disorder and severe irritability in youth. She has demonstrated that children with bipolar disorder and those at familial risk for the disorder have deficits processing emotional stimuli, and has begun to elucidate the relevant brain mechanisms. Dr.Leibenluft has also identified differences in clinical course and brain function between youth with bipolar disorder and those with severe, non-episodic irritability.Dr. Leibenluft completed her B.A. from Yale University summa cum laude, her M.D. from Stanford University, and residency training at Georgetown University. Since 1989, she has been conducting research at the NIMH on bipolar disorder. She has authored approximately 180 publications and is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.Dr. Leibenluft is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American Psychiatric Association Work Group on Childhood Disorders for DSM-V. Her awards include the Distinguished Psychiatrist Award of the American Psychiatric Association; the American Psychiatric Association Blanche Ittelson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Special Service Awards from the NIH; NIMH and NIH Outstanding Mentor Awards; the Litchfield Lectureship at Oxford University; and the Michael Rutter lectureship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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January 24, 2013
The "REAL" Informant: Mark Whitacre
Luncheon & Lecture
Estancia Hotel, La Jolla, CA
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In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, all of us at International Bipolar Foundation extend our most heartfelt and deepest sympathies to those affected. As our country and the world struggle to make sense of this tragedy, we offer you some articles, interviews and action items.
IBPF President Muffy Walker's live interview with Taylor Baldwin
In Gun Debate, a Misguided Focus on Mental Illness
Pediatricians call for gun safety education and increased funding for treatment
Connecticut shooter's problems all too familiar to many parents For those with children who suffer from mental illness and violent episodes, the school massacre resonates in a particularly frightening way.
A Whole New Light on the Bipolar / Violence Connection
5 Things We Can Do: Responding to the Newtown, CT Shooting
Talking to Your Kids About the Newtown Tragedy
International Bipolar Foundation has joined forces with the
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry urging the White House to convene a summit on children's mental health, with the goal of developing a comprehensive national strategy for the prevention, identification, treatment and research of mental illnesses.
We need your help in urging your Members of Congress to contact the Administration in support of this summit.
EVEN IF you are not a resident of the U.S.A., your support of this summit is needed and will be heard.
Please click here to send a letter to your member of Congress.
The letter can be edited and sent as either a printed letter or an email.
Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus Tour & Washington, D.C., December 20, 2012-The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) has partnered with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to promote mental health awareness and resilience among young people. National Council member organizations provide onsite 'bravery tips' and mental health resources as part of a 27-city Born Brave Bus Tour hosted by the foundation in conjunction with Lady Gaga's concert tour.
National Council Promote Youth Mental Health
On the afternoon of each concert, "little monsters," as devoted Gaga fans call themselves, will come together to share stories of bravery and empowerment. The National Council has partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to offer onsite interactive activities and resources to help these young people understand that mental health problems are common and treatable and that seeking help for themselves or their friends is an act of bravery.
Mental health professionals staffing the tour events will reinforce the message that young people can play an active role in caring for their own mental health and that of their friends and classmates. Key messages of the Born Brave Bus Tour are:
Be brave: Know your strengths
Act brave: Share your strengths
Stay brave: Build your strengths
Youth in need of intervention will be connected to local resources, with information also online at
Carlsbad Race Volunteers Needed!
International Bipolar Foundation is still accepting volunteers to be part of their cheer mile at the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, January 27, 2013 (05:30 AM - 12:30 PM). IBPF will have one of the best miles in the race along Pacific Coast Highway near Tamarack Beach and Palomar Airport Road. If you or someone you know would like to sign up to be a volunteer, Click here
The U.S. House voted 397 to 1 to give final approval to a bill that strikes the word "lunatic" from federal laws. The term, deemed offensive and outdated by mental health advocates, appears in laws permitting banks to act as a trustee, executor or administrator of the estates of the mentally disabled.
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Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle
Our new chapter on Bipolar & Aging just released.
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Suicide by Security Blanket, and Other Stories From the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service: What Happens to Children with Acute Mental Illness
by Laura M. Prager and Abigail L. Donovan
Suicide by Security Blanket, and Other Stories from the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service: What Happens to Children with Acute Mental IllnesS≪/i> takes the reader inside the child psychiatry emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. Each chapter highlights both the child's dilemma and the doctors' thought processes, and stresses the elements of rapid assessment. The real-life patient stories also offer myriad teaching points about child development and the warning signs of illness, and provide compelling lessons regarding types of interactions with school systems, health care systems, and family systems. Each individual story presents the breadth and depth of the child psychiatric emergency evaluation at MGH, from initial assessment to disposition, presenting a genuine glimpse into the children's psychiatric emergency room at one of the nation's most famous psychiatric departments. This book demonstrates vividly how even the best-intentioned communities can fail to offer services to their neediest families. Each story presents a fascinating glimpse into the complex and sometimes tragic world of child psychiatry on the front lines.
From Psychic to Psychotic And Beyond
"Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See" is a work of fiction, but author Juliann Garey said the protagonist's struggles with bipolar disorder are based on her own reality.
by Kerry Ann Jacobs
It was January 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand. I was 43 and overloaded with emotionally charged court cases as a sole family law barrister. I was missing my late grandmother. In my mind I called to her many times for her to visit me. She didn't but she did visit my mother in her dreams. My mother said that she was calm and serene.
I began a path of psychic experimentation. I searched the Internet for ways for me to increase my psychic awareness. I progressed to buying a crystal ball and images would unfold in front of me and then words started appearing. Soon I no longer needed the crystal ball, because full sentences were appearing before me on the ground. It was Wes my spirit guide communicating with me. He had been talking to me all along. When Wes started speaking to me in my head, he told me that he was my husband and he said "I love you to bits".
I was soon surrounded by spirits such as Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Heath Ledger and Albert Einstein. We were doing everything together. I no longer needed anyone from the real world
But unbeknown to me, there were dark forces that were awaiting me, where all my worst fears would be realized. I would experience demons, the afterlife and the darkness of hell.
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See
by Juliann Garey
The debut novel from journalist and screenwriter Garey, which was published this week, centers on Hollywood executive Greyson Todd's struggle to navigate life with bipolar disorder.
The story is told as a collection of memories that include Greyson's childhood with his mentally ill father, the discord that his symptoms cause in his marriage and professional life, and his travels around the world that precede his stay in a New York psychiatric hospital.
Garey herself is bipolar and the illness runs in her family.
"There are components that are conceived from my life, but it's certainly not autobiographical," she said in an interview. "It's definitely fiction in terms of the plot. In terms of the psychic rollercoaster that he (Greyson) goes through in the book, that is actually very much from my own life."
Garey said the steep crests and drops of Greyson's moods closely paralleled her own. Beginning at age 39, she experienced a seven-year, treatment-resistant bipolar episode during which she wrote the book.
"When Greyson was having a manic episode, it was because I was having a manic episode and I wrote it during that period," she said. "During his very depressed periods, I was probably very depressed and I wrote it at that time, so I was feeling what he was feeling."
Garey's book coincides with the recent release of a critically acclaimed film, "Silver Linings Playbook," which centers on a character who is bipolar. It also comes as a rash of mass shootings has prompted questions about the accessibility of mental healthcare in the United States.
Though Garey said there is still a "huge stigma" attached to mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, she considers open discussion a step in the right direction.
"People have to know that it's a brain disorder, a matter of circuitry," she said. "It's an illness like diabetes or multiple sclerosis or any other medical illness, and it needs to be treated in the same way."
Greyson's difficulties with his illness might make for a compelling novel, but Garey believes that a few key changes could prevent many mentally ill people from similar suffering. She advocates integrating mental healthcare more closely with existing care.
"Kids get screened when they go to the pediatrician for their sight, their hearing, and they should get screened for mental health as well. It should be part of a regular annual physical," she said.
She praised President Barack Obama for increasing research funding to the National Institute of Mental Health, and for backing mental healthcare parity. She also criticized politicians for their silence on mental health issues, particularly during the 2012 presidential election.
"There are 11 million Americans with a serious mental illness who were voting in that election, and mental illness never came up once during the campaign," she said of the 2012 presidential election. "We have a long way to go."
What does it take to heal from mental illness? The story of Can Truong- Documentary
What does it take to heal from mental illness? Can Truong, a war refugee who was among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in the 1970's, was a model student, aspiring to become a doctor, when he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. After years of unsuccessfully trying conventional medical treatments for his mental illnesses, Can becomes involved in the mental health consumer movement, a social and political effort by people labeled with mental illnesses who believe in recovery through self-determination and peer support. Inspired by his peers, he embarks on a healing journey of a different kind - trying to reconcile cultural differences with his very traditional Confucian father and attempts to make sense of his childhood wounds. He serves as a volunteer on numerous mental health organizations that promote recovery and explores spiritual and holistic healing modalities.
our newest blogger
My name is Alora and I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar I Disorder back in 2008. While learning to deal with the disorder has been a challenge, it has given me a chance to grow in ways most people can't. I've found ways to use the mania to my advantage and as a result have gone back to school and have finally been able to get my dream of being a writer to become a reality. I know each day is going to be unpredictable, but I am grateful that I have the love and support of my boyfriend, Ted, and his son, to help get me through my worst days.
Bipolar Affective Disorder and older Adults (BADAS) Study
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If you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar 1 disorder, we would like to speak with you about a new program for an antipsychotic medication that is being developed for Schizophrenia/Bipolar 1 Disorder
Confidential and anonymous one-hour telephone interviews conducted to help a pharmaceutical firm understand the experiences and needs of consumers
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| To kick off the New Year, we will be posting a blog on FaceBook everyday this month from our bloggers! We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed and to Chato from Mental Health Humor for creating this amazing cartoon of our bloggers! Can you guess who is who?
NEWS FROM NAMI, DBSA, & SAMHSA
2013 San Diego County Wellness and Recovery Summit:
Living the Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual, Financial, Occupational. We recognize that there are many factors that contribute to a person's holistic well being. The activities and presentations will focus on nine dimensions of wellness.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Joe and Vi Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
Psychopharmacology Update Institute: The Impact of DSM-5on Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacological TreatmentsJanuary 25-26, 2013Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DCUpdates attendees about the possible treatment impact of DSM-5 proposed criteria changes.Email: email@example.comWebsite: http://www.aacap.org/cs/psychopharm/2013
4th Annual Family & Youth Conference
Stigma Discrimination and Disparities in Children Services
February 13-15, 2013, San Diego, CA
**************************Winter Workshop on Psychosis
14-16 February, 2013
www.wwpsych.org***************************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!
******************************26th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference
March 3-6, 2013. Tampa, FLhttp://cmhtampaconference.com
******************************QIGONG IN CHINA EDUCATIONAL SERVICESExploring Energetic Healing Practices of China
March 9-23, 2013 (25 CEUs)
Beijing, XianGuilin, Hangzhou, Putuoshan Island and Shanghai
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
Intensivseminar für Angehörige
Freitag, 3. Mai, 14:00 - Sonntag, 5. Mai, 15:00 Uhr 2013
Evangelische Tagungsstätte Hofgeismar
May 11, 2013
The first ever London-based Art and Mental Health Festival. June 2014
DBSA 2013 National Conference
June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL
ISBD Annual Conference
June 15-18, 2013, Miami, FL
About the International Bipolar Foundation
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