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July 8, 2013
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Presenting our Behind the Mask collage
of our friends and supporters who have bipolar disorder
                        Dr. Elizabeth Haase                    
In the Mood for Love: The Overlap of Romantic Love and Man
     July 10, 2013 at 9:00 am PST.

Dr. Haase is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and in private practice in psychiatry. She is a member of the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, which has been interested in the relationship between bipolar disorders and sexuality, and has been exploring the relationship between elevated mood states and romantic love.

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Blake Levine
Beating Bipolar
July 24, 2013
at 9:00am PST
Blake LeVine became a life coach so that he could help improve peoples lives. Blake has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, Newbeasting bpYork.He has worked as an outreach worker for two years helping the homeless of New Blake LevineYork City at the non profit agency Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Blake has worked with several organizations including The Salvation Army helping their foster care children. For seven years, Blake LeVine has had a private practice helping people deal with major issues. In his practice he has helped families, children, corporate executives, business owners, and individuals.  His book Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide For Raising Healthy Children was released in 2007. He has appeared on Fox, UPN 9, Newsday, and several radio programs talking about helping people. Blake is also seen in the Rap Therapy documentary helping inner city foster care children. His experience, kindness, determination and skills have made him a highly sought after life coach. 
Ross Szabo
July 30, 2013 at 9:00am PST
Ross Szabo is an award winning speaker, author, consultant and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He was Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Ross Szabo Campaign for 8 years and is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health. Ross has spoken to over one million people about mental health and his experiences with bipolar disorder. He helped create the first-ever youth mental health speakers' bureau in the country called The Heard. His pioneering efforts in the mental health field have resulted in him receiving the 2012 Changing Minds Award and the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award. He also had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record by Patrick Kennedy.
Ross is currently a speaker for CAMPUSPEAK.
(registration information for Blake & Ross will be sent soon!)
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Ellen 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's research involves the use of cognitive neuroscience techniques and neuroimaging modalities, including functional MRI, to uncover the brain mechanisms that underlie 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 labeling emotional faces, 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.


View our Webinar Bipolar Disorder and Severe Irritability in Youth Same or Different? with Dr. Leibenluft here   


and this podcast on DMDD and Bipolar Kids in DSM-5  


Your child can participate in Dr. Ellen Leibenluft's research no matter where you are in the USA. Dr. Leibenluft is seeking children with bipolar disorder; children with very severe irritability (regardless of whether or not they have bipolar disorder) and children who may not have bipolar disorder but who have parents or siblings that have bipolar disorder. If travel is necessary they will pay the travel costs. You can learn more by calling (301)496-8381 or e-mailing bipolarkids@mail.nih.gov. 



Lithium Reduces Suicide Risk In People With Mood Disorders

Epidemiology of suicide in bipolar disorders: a systematic review of the literature



Paris Jackson's suicide attempt followed bipolar behavior

Glenn Close: 'If I remade Fatal Attraction, I'd pay more attention to mental illness'

Pioneering Study Demonstrates Benefit Of Imaging Technique In Identifying Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric Disorders May Be Linked To Protein Involved In Memory Formation

Does sex moderate the clinical correlates of pediatric bipolar-I disorder? Results from a large controlled family-genetic study

Providing Mental Health Care Lowers Arrest Rates, Saves Money

Birth Defects Of The Nervous System Linked To Later Development Of Schizophrenia, Autism And Bipolar Disorder

The 24-month course of manic symptoms in children.


Would you hire someone with a mental illness?

WFUV's Strike a Chord Campaign focuses on mental health issues

Coping profiles in bipolar disorder

Mental illness, like cancer, is not a lifestyle choice

The mental health hell of students on their own with a £40,000 debt

Use of physical restraint on mental health patients at 'disturbing levels' Mind says 39,883 incidents of physical restraint were recorded during 2011-12, with 3,000 in dangerous face-down position

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has backed the use of Otsuka's Abilify in teenagers with bipolar disorder

Mental health toll of skunk cannabis: Number of users admitted to hospital after smoking drug soars 50% in three years

Cyber-support: an analysis of online self-help forums (online self-help forums in bipolar disorder).


** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Read about them here
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Rescue dog helps Fargo woman manage challenges of bipolar disordercertified

Have you seen our Webinar about assistance dogs?

Crystal Callahan: Psych Service Dogs- A Natural Alternative to Heal Mind and Body dog 1

Siri Is Taking A New Approach To Suicide
A new update to Apple's Siri is helping the virtual assistant better handle questions about suicide and more quickly assist people who are seeking help.

If Siri receives a query that suggests a user may be considering suicide, it will now prompt the individual to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and offer to phone the hotline directly. If the prompt is dismissed, Siri will follow up by displaying a list of suicide prevention centers closest to the user's location.

The update underscores the increasingly intimate nature of what people tell their phones and how smartphones could be expected to help in a broader array of situations in the future. Siri's new offering is activated by statements such as "I'm going to jump off a bridge," "I think I want to kill myself" and "I want to shoot myself" -- all unusually intimate confessions to be spoken to software.

and check out this award winning app: mHealth prize goes to bipolar management app at Datapalooza
Dear Friend,
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Welcome David Sheff to our Honorary Board
David Sheff is the author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, the david sheff follow-up to his New York Times #1 best seller, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. Clean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America's drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. Writing about Clean, author Benoit Denizet-Lewis says, "David Sheff has written the most important book about addiction in a decade." Richard Branson says that Clean is "an important expose of a failed system." Eric Schlosser wrote, "Clean will change not only how you look at drug abuse-but also what you think should be done about it."

Sheff's Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on his article, "My Addicted Son," which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for "outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction." Beautiful Boy was named the year's Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction.  Sheff also contributed to HBO's Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop. In 2009, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. He won the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award.

Along with The New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for Playboy, The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Esquire and Observer Magazine in England, Foreign Literature in Russia, and Playboy (Shueisha) in Japan. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl sheff books Sagan, Salman Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee'sTo Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio.

Sheff is the author of Game Over, called "the bible of the videogame industry" by The Wall Street Journal, and "beguiling" and  "irresistible. . . almost as hypnotic as a successful video game" by The New York Times. Author Gore Vidal said that China Dawn, Sheff's book about the Internet revolution in China, is a "fascinating...study of go-getting businessmen in a revived China bound to shape our future." All We Are Saying, based on Sheff's interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980, was a Literary Guild Selection book. Charles Champlin, Arts Editor of the Los Angeles Times, wrote: "David Sheff's sympathetic questions evoked so much of the Beatle past and of Lennon's intellectual past and present and future plans that the interview would hardly have been less engrossing and important even it if were not illuminated by tragedy."

Sheff  graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his family in Northern California.



An excerpt from his book 

by: Kevin Hines


..Yet, on the night of September 24, 2000, when I was nineteen years old and a recent high school graduate, I sat alone in my silent room, my door shut to the outside world. I made my plans while a chilling and dangerously demonic voice shouted in my head, in the space where music and comic books and happy moments spent with my family had formerly played. The voice was like the one I heard as a boy but never told anyone about its existence.

The voice that told me that I had to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge.


Why did I jump?

The reason is quite simple. I believed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I had to die. I believed I had no other option...


We will be hosting Kevin Hines on October 17 in La Jolla, CA, USA. Stay tuned for details!





Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle

here  book


Thanks so much for the bipolar book you sent.  It's one of the best I've seen for laypeople and it's very comprehensive - it covers a lot!  I'm still reading it and then I'm giving it to my son.


   Kristy N.


Chinese Did you know our book is now translated into traditional Chinese? If you'd like a FREE copy, em us: AReitzin@InternationalBipolarFoundation.org

Exuberance by Bel Vidal
When Angelica invents a fictional alter ego, Elena, she is forced to admit that she is exuberance no longer happy with her perfectly ordinary life. Jimmy, on the other hand, is perfectly happy with his, and is horrified when his wife suddenly adopts the persona of the exuberant Elena and sets out to conquer the world - and his best friend, Tiger. After Angie is diagnosed as bipolar, all those swept by the ensuing storm are forced to confront the demons of their own past in order to build a new future; each of them growing as they learn to deal with the trials of mental illness and face the possibility of starting a new life in its aftermath.
Set in Sydney at the exciting time of the 2000 Olympic games, Exuberance is  a novel about the chemistry of madness, the anatomy of love, the volatility of lust, the power of resilience, and importance of finding the right measure of exuberance in life.

My Bipolar Adventure, by Hanli Terblanche:

teriMy Bipolar Adventure: Mental illness in a psychiatric clinic.
Traumatic experiences came to light under hypnosis.
Raped and keeping it hidden. People suffering from  Anxiety/Panic attacks, PTSD and depression. Substance abuse and self medication - why it happens. Is rape or molestation the cause of mental illness. Difficulties with Medication. Relapses. Include self-help and coping tools.

The Fall Girl by Marybeth Smith

Annabelle Jones has always taken her bipolar brother under her wing, but after years of acting as his personal disaster janitor she finds herself rebelling against her lifelong compulsion to take responsibility for his actions and fix all his mistakes. Unfortunately, the more she rebels the more personal it becomes, especially when his actions start to affect her own future.
The struggle between letting her brother deal with his own consequences and fixing just one more thing for him pushes and pulls at Annabelle as each mistake he makes lands her further and further from the life she's always known and crushes all hopes of the future she has planned. If the decision she makes about whether or not to play clean up crew for his most recent disaster fails to produce the results she needs most, life as she knows it will be forever changed. But maybe ... just maybe, letting him take the fall for his screw ups this time might turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened to her.
Whereas books like The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath or Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins show mental disorders through the viewpoint of the individual suffering from the illness, Fall Girl explores Bipolar through the eyes of a family member in order to show that bipolar disorder not only affects the person suffering from the illness, but also the people who are close to them.
Don't Call Me Crazy
A documentary for people with depression, bipolar, and other affective disorders, starring Nick Gomez from Dexter!  here
OutreachArts' Teen Suicide Drama Wins Emmy!
'After I'm Gone' Honored at NATASLGL's Emmy Awards
OutreachArts' received an Emmy Award on June 1st at the NATASLGL's Emmys for their suicide awareness episode, 'After I'm Gone' from the award-winning teen drama series, 'Maple Ave'. The film was shot in 2012 and premiered on WGTE-PBS that same year on their Family Channel. 'After I'm Gone' is also the unofficial pilot for the OutreachArts' new spin-off series, 'Edge St.' (which begins production this summer). Two other 'Maple Ave' episodes were also honored with Emmy Nominations by the Lower Great Lakes Chapter in the Teen Program/Special category; 'Loves Me Not': Dating Violence and 'More Than This': Steroid Abuse & Eating Disorders. (The series has been airing on numerous PBS affiliates nationwide since 2003, and was even featured on popular cable channel IFC back in 2007.)Watch it here
 "Call Me Crazy:
A Five Film." It is a powerful and thoughtful movie. Through the five shorts named after each title character...Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie...powerful relationships built on hope and triumph and raises a new understanding of different types of mental illnesses.
Grace for the Afflicted by Matthew Stanford
"Finally !! A tool on mental health issues that is Jesus-centered, biblically anchored, well-balanced, grace thoroughly readable, and practically focused on the real wounds we encounter. Better yet, Matthew Stanford encourages and helps us learn to struggle well with life for the glory of God. Grace for the Afflicted is by far the best book out on the topic of mental illness."
-- Dr. Michael Sprague, Senior Paster, Trinity Church, Covington, LA

S3 guideline on the diagnosis and treatment bipolar disorders soon in book form
The long work on the S3 guideline to bear fruit in collaboration with the DGPPN and Springer-Verlag, the guideline will be published as a book S3

The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal publishing contributions from the broad range of clinical, psychological and biological research in bipolar disorders. It is the official journal of the European Network of Bipolar journal Research Expert Centres (ENBREC), the International Group for the study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen (DGBS) and invites clinicians and researchers from around the globe to submit original research articles, short research communications, reviews, guidelines, case reports and letters to the editor that help to enhance understanding of bipolar disorders. The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders makes all articles freely available to researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content. Content is published online continuously to provide timely communication to the community and keep publication times to a minimum.

Can you help translate our book, Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder? We currently have a traditional Chinese version but need it translated into ALL languages.

If you can help, even with just 1 chapter, we would be most grateful! Em us: AReitzin@InternationalBipolarFoundation.org
Gracias, σας ευχαριστώ, Merci, 谢谢, Tak, Dziękuję, ขอขอบคุณคุณ, Falemnderit, Kiitos, তোমাকে ধন্যবাদ,

mental health ministries

New Spirituality Group Leader Guide: These materials provide guidance on culturally sensitive ways to conduct group discussions using spirituality to promote mental health. For More information on the Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health, please contact: Carole Siegel, Director. siegel@nki.rfmh.org or visit: http://cecc.rfmh.org/

Tend His Sheep Consultation Service
Tend His Sheep is a no-cost mental health consultation service for missionaries, pastors, faith leaders in ministry, and health care providers in medical missions. Its purpose is to provide biblically based mental health information and consultation to care givers for the healing of persons and for the glory of God. Based on the scriptural passage of John 21:15-17, the goal of the ministry is to fulfill the calling of Christ and to tend His sheep within the context of health care and spiritual well-being. For more information visit http://www.tendhissheep.com/

Patient Recruitment
Village Clinical Research Inc., located in Manhattan, is currently conducting several studies for subjects with Bipolar I disorder.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder or is suffering from extreme mood swings, sleep impairment, depression, elation or irritability, racing thoughts, impaired concentration and impulsivity, please contact us at 646-688-5224. Our team of board-certified psychiatrists and highly-trained research coordinators are available to discuss our Bipolar I studies with you. All study related-care and study-related medication are provided at no cost. No insurance is required.  Please call us today to see if one of our studies would be right for you
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Dr. Leibenluft is seeking children with bipolar disorder; children with very severe irritability (regardless of whether or not they have bipolar disorder) and children who may not have bipolar disorder but who have parents or siblings that have bipolar disorder. If travel is necessary they will pay the travel costs. You can learn more by calling (301)496-8381 or e-mailing bipolarkids@mail.nih.gov.
Bipolar Disorder (Pediatric) Research Studies
The Hospital of the University of Munich is looking for participants for a therapy study with a new method of treatment for depressive symptoms. Implementation of treatments in the outpatient or day-care framework. psy-dTMS-Studie@med.uni-muenchen.de oder einen Anruf unter 089 51 60 58 99. Bitte sprechen Sie ggf. auf den AB. Wir rufen Sie umgehend zurück.




DGBS Annual Meeting

26 to 28 September   

Greifswald, Germany  


2013 ASBDD Conference 

3 - 5 October 2013
Melbourne, Australia 
Website: www.bipolardisorders.com.au


World Psychiatric Association International Congress 
27 - 30 October 2013
Barcelona, Spain

Website: www.wpaic2013.org


International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (August 2014)
The 21st World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be held in Durban next year. Visit http://www.iacapap2014.co.za/ for more information and to book your place now.   


 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference will be held March 2 - 5, 2014.   


Annual International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children(A.P.P.A.C.). The Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, in Athens, Greece, on 13-16 May 2014 

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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