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In like a lion, out like a lamb - isn't that the old idiom about March? The month of March usually starts with cold, unpleasant weather, but ends mild and pleasant. This sounded familiar to me when I was thinking about my son's moods. Spring can often be a time of difficult cycling, especially with the time change next week.

We hope that these resources listed in this newsletter and on our web site can ease that transition.

We'd like to hear from you if you have any helpful hints.

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  



March 4, 2013
If you are in a crisis,
please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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March 14, 2013
  March Lecture with Dr. Philip Botkiss
"The Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the
Treatment of Mood Disorders."

On March  14, 2013 at 5:30 pm, International Bipolar Foundation will be holding their free monthly mental health lecture with Dr. Philip Botkiss on, "The Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Treatment of Mood Disorders."

Philip Botkiss, M.D. completed his undergraduate work in biology (1981) at Rice University in Houston, Texas and earned his medical degree (1985) at University of Texas Medical School of Houston. Following an internship in Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, he completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. During his last year of residency, he served as the Senior Resident in the Regional Burn Center at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Botkiss is a board certified Clinical Psychiatrist who has been in private practice in San Diego for over 20 years. He specializes in the treatment of mood disorders in both outpatient and hospital-based settings. In addition to his practice, he is a Clinical Director at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and a Clinical Instructor at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Botkiss speaks on behalf of numerous pharmaceutical companies and frequently appears in the media as an expert on topics associated with mental illness. Being well respected for his clinical skills in psychopharmacology and brain stimulation, he receives many referrals from colleagues to assist them in the management of their treatment-resistant patients.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Social: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Location: Sanford Children's Research Center, Building 12
10905 Road to the Cure
San Diego, CA 92121

Event and parking are free!
R.S.V.P. to areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org
You can view all our lectures here
Last week alone, we received pleas for help from people all over the world including Canada, Australia, Malaysia, India, America, Guatamala, Australia, China, & Germany.

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WOW, not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR Webinars this month!!!!!

I don't know how you do it Ashley - these are amazing presentations.  I have never been educated more thoroughly than through your Webinars. Please keep up the great work.  Best - C.D.


Advanced Nutrient Therapies for Bipolar Disorders
Dr. Bill Walsh Presented by Dr. Bill Walsh
March 6, 2013 at 9:00 am PST.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

'Lithium: Still a Cornerstone in the Long-term Treatment of

 Bipolar Disorder When Used Properly'
Presented by Dr. Willem Nolen  
March 13, 2013 at 9:00 am PST.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Psych Service Dogs: A Natural Alternative to Heal Mind and Body

Presented by Crystal Callahan
March 20, 2013 at 9:00 am PST
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Optimizing Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder: Measuring and Maximizing
Quality of Life

Presented by Dr. Erin Michalak       
March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am PST
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

"I wanted to say how much I appreciate the Webinars in general. They are an amazing resource for so many, and an educational treasure.

My sister and I attended yesterday's Webinar.  She is a medical professional and helped me understand more than I would have otherwise, as much of this fascinating Webinar was somewhat technical for me.  This challenge was a welcome one however, it gave me new insights and many areas to explore now that the Webinar is over.  We began searching the web as soon as the Webinar was over!

We looked up the words we had written down during the Webinar and were amazed at the important things we learned!

Ashley, you sure did a good job wrapping it all up - in asking questions that really helped the average lay person gain a summary of the subject matter.

Thanks so much to everyone responsible for these wonderful Webinars!



Board of Directors:


Peter Mossy is president of the Mossy Automotive Group in San Diego, Ca. The group includes Toyota, Ford and 7 Nissan dealerships.  Peter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before joining the family business in Houston, Texas.  Peter is active in the San Diego community as a member of Nativity Catholic Church, The Lincoln Club, Rancheros, Rancho Riding Club, and the Young Presidents' Organization (WPO).

Peter and his wife Sandy have 4 children:  Travis, 26, John (died at 22), Blake, 19 and Charlie, 11. John's bi-polar disorder thrust Peter into the world of mental health and subsequently his desire to help other families who struggle.



After more than 20 years practicing law, Robin retired and turned her attention to the needs of others. She has been involved as a volunteer, committee member, board member or chair of special events for a number of Civic and Charitable Organizations. These include the Preuss School, Old Globe Theater, Holiday Bowl, Voices for Children, Bannister House, Del Mar Planning Commission and the Del Mar Village Association.

In addition, Robin has been honored for her commitment to the community by the San Diego County Girl Scouts "Cool Woman" award, The Copley YMCA and the American Heart Association "Go For Red" .

Her interest in the International Bipolar Foundation is due to the ever-increasing number of people, both young and old, who have the courage to discuss their mental health issues openly. After seeing first hand how open discussion benefits more than just the individual, she is committed to increasing the awareness and education so that the stigma attached to Bipolar Disorder is ultimately eliminated in our society.

Scientific Advisory Board
Kiki Chang MD
As Director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program of Stanford University, Dr. Chang conducts research into various facets of bipolar disorder. He is currently conducting phenomenologic, biologic, pharmacologic, and genetic studies of bipolar disorder in adults and children. These studies include brain imaging (MRI, MRS, fMRI) and medication and therapy trials. He is particularly interested in detecting prodromal bipolar disorder in children who might then be treated to prevent the development of full bipolar disorder. To do this, he has been studying children of parents with bipolar disorder who are at high risk for developing the disorder themselves.

Honorary Board
Mark Whitacre 
Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990's. Whitacre holds the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President of Operations at Cypress Systems, Inc. His undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the major motion picture, "The Informant," starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre. Drawing from his unique history, Mark provides one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics, corporate greed, and the warning signs of a flawed corporate leadership.
Dr. Whitacre has extensive international business experience, having lived for almost four years in West Germany, working for an international company. He has also been involved with two international companies in the Southeast Asia market and traveled the region dozens of times. Mark's more than two decades of top management experience at Fortune 500 and international companies, as well as his experience with the ADM price-fixing scandal and the FBI, give him a unique, seasoned perspective on leadership in the corporate world. As Mr. Douglas Burris, Chief of U.S. Federal Probation in the Eastern District of Missouri has stated publicly, "The story about Mark Whitacre's redemption and second chance is one of the most inspirational stories of our time."

Advisory Council
             jack                reed
(from left to right): Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Reverend Jack Baca, Dr. John C. Reed,
Mr. Jeff Silberman, Mr. Bob Watkins

In Memorium: Dr. Murray Galinson


Kenya Psychosocial Disability Watch Edition Jan 2013 Newsletter

Country chapter for Kenya now available - how bipolar is treated medically & culturally in Kenya.
Em us to get a copy: areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org

Régression par rapport au National

Sleep disturbances in bipolar disorder during remission. 
(IBPF SAB member)

The relationship between bipolar disorder and type 2 diabetes: More than just co-morbid disorders. 
(IBPF SAB member)
SADAG is Saving Youth - 367 Schools Countrywide
SADAG is positively impacting on the youth and saving lives through our Suicide Shouldn't be a Secret programme, we have visited 367 schools thus far.
This year for Teen Suicide Prevention Week (and throughout the year as an ongoing initiative) we will be appearing on TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines.

Important piece of legislation that will end the law which prevents people with mental health conditions from becoming or remaining a company director.

Predictors of employment in bipolar disorder: A systematic review

February ebulletin from Centre for Mental Health

A randomised controlled trial of time limited CBT informed psychological therapy for anxiety in bipolar disorder.

Replication of bipolar disorder susceptibility alleles and identification of two novel genome-wide significant associations in a new bipolar disorder case-control sample.

Statement by the DGBS on the new jurisdiction of the German Federal Court of Justice on coercive measures in psychiatry

A systematic review of the evidence on the treatment of rapid cycling bipolar disorder.

Employment outcomes in people with bipolar disorder: a systematic review

Neurological soft signs discriminate schizophrenia from major depression but not bipolar disorder

Aripiprazole (ABILIFY®) Approved For The Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Manic Episodes In Bipolar I Disorder In Adolescents


A review of physical activity correlates in patients with bipolar disorder

General Medical Conditions Are Associated With Delay to Treatment in Patients with Bipolar Disorder

The impact of child sexual abuse on the course of bipolar disorder: a systematic review.

Potential mechanisms of action of lithium in bipolar disorder : current understanding.
 (IBPF SAB Member)

10% Of Mentally Ill Teenagers Use Cannabis, Drink And Smoke

Delayed sleep phase in young people with unipolar or bipolar affective disorders

Clinical and demographic features associated with the detection of early warning signs in bipolar disorder.

The sick role, illness cognitions and outcomes in bipolar disorder.
  (IBPF SAB member)

Efficacy of quetiapine in patients with bipolar I and II depression: a multicenter, prospective, open-label, observational study.

A suicidal recovery theory to guide individuals on their healing and recovering process following a suicide attempt.
Risk of hypertension in patients with bipolar disorder in Taiwan: A population-based study.

Prevalence, Comorbidity, and Correlates of DSM-5 Proposed Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Manic symptoms in youth with bipolar disorder: Factor analysis by age of symptom onset and current age.

Is antidepressant-associated mania always an evidence of a bipolar spectrum disorder? A case report and review of the literature.

Early intervention for symptomatic youth at risk for bipolar disorder: a randomized trial of family-focused therapy.
We need your face! The theme of our annual gala in May is "Behind the Mask - Proud as a Peacock", with the message that so many people we know & love hide behind a mask due to the stigma of mental illness. We will have a collage of 100's of faces of real people who have bipolar. Can we use your face? Em me if you're willing:-) mwalker.ibpf@gmail.com




 Do you have a SILVER LINING story to share with us? Beginning in March, we will choose one story each month to include on our web site and in our My Support e-newsletter. Send your story, 500 word maximum, to mwalker.ibpf@gmail.com. We prefer to have a jpeg picture of you, the state or country in which you reside, and at least your first name.  

Thank you!!



Is Bipolar Disorder affected by the advent of Spring & time changes?

Learn more here!


Bipolar and Time Zones 


Spring Has Sprung and So Might Your Hypomania 




Can Daylight Savings Time Affect My Mood? 







Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle

here  book

  Can't thank you enough for the copy of Healthy Living with Bipolar.  It contains so much more of the topics that I've tried to nail down in other books and documents but with no luck.  This book has it all.  It should be made mandatory for all psychiatrists and shrinks that are "specializing in Bipolar Disorder."  In fact, I'm going to gift my doctor with a copy for his practice.  I find, you can never have enough information, especially when it's "speaking" to your own condition!  Thank you, thank you again.  ~Rich B, Chicago, IL  

Our newest chapter just released:
                          Bipolar Disorder in New Zealand
    new zealand
Email us at areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org and we'll send you a copy.



Muffy Walker, President of International Bipolar Foundation, has a monthly column in King's River Life Magazine. Click here to read

Ellen Forney, author of MARBLES, will be discussing her book at Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla, CA

by Lola Jane
Anyone can identify with the mental torment of this young woman's daily life but as her life gradually breaks down, fragment by fragment, we read the shocking accounts as to what it truly means to be a mental health patient. This dynamic book emphasises how easy it is to fall into life's trap of stress, pressure and materialism. As you are taken on a fast paced, rollercoaster journey you will laugh, cry, feel frustration and anger and go through an emotional journey, clinging onto every word. Madly Seeking Sanity stands alone, in terms of content and structure. Part one allows you to read the fascinating background leading up to this brave woman's breakdown and in part two you are shockingly hurled into a blow by blow account of what it really feels like to live in a mental institution. The part two diaries cover her breakdown, hospital admittances, diagnoses and living with bipolar. Overall, this book reaches out to anyone, with or without mental health illnesses and raises serious questions like what can we do to look after ourselves both mentally and physically and what support do we have in dealing with our mental health? We can't forget, however, the frightening experiences detailed while living with mental health diagnoses. A simply amazing read.

Straight Jacket Memories 
by Jonathan Nelson
In "Straightjacket Memories" (published by CrossBooks), author Jonathan Nelson reveals to readers his very personal struggle to overcome bipolar disorder and the effects it was having on his life and his marriage.
In 2008, Nelson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a diagnosis that nearly destroyed his faith and his family. Today, he has control over his disease and victory through Jesus Christ. Though his story is a personal one, he strives to help others with depression and mental disorders find the same peace that he experiences today.

Mental Health Mission Moments
is an ecumenical resource to help clergy and lay persons or with small groups to address mental health issues in the context of the Sunday morning worship service. These nine 2-3 minute DVD segments can also be used with small groups or classes to generate discussion. Each segment presents an issue related to the experiences of mental health, puts a face to the issue, and ends with a message of hope. The accompanying Resource Guide includes sermon starters, liturgical material, additional scriptural references and other resources to help educate congregations about mental illness. Click here for more information about this resource.

Lost Boy - Bipolar Dreaming 
by Jocelyn Price
"The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws."
First-time author Jocelyn M. Price reinforces these words by novelist, essayist
and poet Barbara Kingsolver when she transforms something naturally destructive
as death, into a creative force that gives birth to a passion, purpose and a published book. In her new book, Lost Boy- Bipolar Dreaming, Price shares a mother-and-son journey from despair to lost boy paradise. It reveals their struggle with mental illness-as her son suffered from bipolar disorder for many years- depression, despair and suicide, as well as their path towards hope and healing. 
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It's time to change the way we view mental health research. That's why researchers at the University of Michigan Depression Center and mental health consumers from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance launched WeSearchTogether. On their website, you can find answers to your questions about mental health research, hear stories from real research volunteers, and search listings of studies that are currently in need of participants. Mental health research helps us learn more about the causes of mental health conditions as well as the best ways to prevent and/or treat them. Researchers can't do it without you. Visit www.WeSearchTogether.org for more information on the benefits of getting involved.

moi Muffy Walker; President IBPF,  joins the American Brain Coalition Board of Directors

The American Brain Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of some of the United States' leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient organizations. Together, we seek to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy. www.americanbraincoalition.org

Inventor and Bipolar Patient, Kimberly Knox, Launches Mood Watch -
An Innovative Mobile App Designed to Help People With
Mood Disorders Live Happier, More Productive Lives

mood watch

Mood Watch (http://www.moodwatchapp.com) is a new mobile application available for the iPhone and iPod touchthat empowers people who suffer from mood disorders with tools that can help them live happier and more productive lives.  To purchase Mood Watch for use on your iPhone or iPod touch, or to sign up for our periodic newsletter on lifestyle improvements and app updates, visit MoodWatchApp.com.

                                       RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

If this sounds like you or someone you know, you may be able to help with a new clinical research study.
Call 0800 000 401 if you:
live in Pretoria, Johannesburg or Cape Town
are between 18 and 70 years old
have been diagnosed with Major Depression
have previously tried at least three different antidepressants, which didn't seem to help
are currently taking one or more antidepressants
There are no costs involved, you will be reimbursed for transport costs.



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
NAMIWalk 2013 5K Walk
Saturday, April 13, 2013
NTC Park in Liberty Station   
2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106 USA
New Educational Resources from DBSA



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, FL
Exploring Energetic Healing Practices of China
March 9-23, 2013 (25 CEUs)
Beijing, XianGuilin, Hangzhou, Putuoshan Island and Shanghai
Email: k.kramer@comcast.net
Website: http://www.healthyeldering.net
Purchase tickets today by visiting www.FlynnTix.org or calling the Flynn Regional Box Office at 802-863-5966.
Watch Roy Perlis, MD & Nassir Ghaemi, MD present online via live video on April 4, 2013;1:00PM ET
REGISTER NOW - There's no cost to join

NAMI San Diego gears up for San Diego County NAMI Walk 2013 

Saturday, April 13, 2013  
iego, CA USA 
Jim DiCarlo, head of MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is pleased to announce the return of"MIT's Brains on Brains,"
a day-long symposium of lectures and breakout sessions focusing on the current state of brain research at MIT.
The event will be held at MIT on
Tuesday, April 30, 2013. 
please PRE-REGISTER BY January 22th 2013 at brains.mit.edu.
Intensivseminar für Angehörige 
Freitag, 3. Mai, 14:00 - Sonntag, 5. Mai, 15:00 Uhr 2013
Evangelische Tagungsstätte Hofgeismar
IBPF GALA: Behind the Mask: Proud as a Peacock 
May 11, 2013
Estancia Resort, La Jolla, CA USA 
CAHM Forum for Healthy Minds
May 18; 8:30-3:30p
Poway, CA, USA
Blue Rose Girls Fashion Show
May 19, 2013,
Barona Golf Conference Center, San Diego, CA 
The first ever London-based Art and Mental Health Festival. June 2014

DBSA 2013 National Conference 

June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL   


ICBD Annual Conference

June 15-18, 2013, Miami, FL  


World Psychiatric Association International Congress

June 18-23, 2013

Istanbul, Turkey


NAMI National Conference

June 27-30, 2013

San Antonio, TX USA 

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
8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360  San Diego, CA 92122
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