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Greetings, and happy 2014! If you are like so many others, and get caught up in the "new year's resolutions' failure", here's an article I wrote to help you manage your goals: To Resolve or Not?


Warm wishes for a new year filled with love, good health and happiness,


Muffy Walker


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January 4, 2014
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From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness: A story of hope and recovery

 January 15, 2014 at 9:00 am PST.

Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND shares her story of personal transformation from early struggles leading to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to living mentally well. Dr. Bahr provides a unique perspective that is rarely found in this field as both a patient and a provider with experience in both the conventional and natural fields of medicine. Through sharing of her lived experience she provides hope to those recently diagnosed or struggling for recovery that you can live very well with bipolar disorder. The focus will be on her story, but will include some information on general natural therapies that can be employed to get better results from any treatment method used

Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness. Dr. Bahr received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where she focused her clinical studies on homeopathy and pediatrics.

Dr. Rosalie Greenberg-
"Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: The Controversy and the Reality".

Thursday, January 23rd, at 9:00 am PST
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Even though it's been more than two decades since the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD) became a significant subject in psychiatric research papers, and then subsequently popular literature  (Time Magazine, Newsweek etc.) and television media (Oprah, 20/20 etc.), it remains an area of controversy in the minds of many psychiatric practitioners.  It is fascinating- to those directly involved in the research and clinically focused on this disorder, childhood onset bipolar disorder is viewed as an established entity, one that just requires more clarification and elucidation but whose existence is irrefutable. On the other hand, there are many physicians that feel that the diagnosis has been used too loosely and ascribed to too many children who in reality suffer from other primary diagnoses, most notably Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).  This dichotomy of belief in the field of psychiatry is what led to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry -5th edition (DSM V) creating the newer category of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, with the hope of separating out the persistently angry irritable children that were "over-diagnosed" with BPD.
What I'd like to do in this videoconference is discuss Pediatric Bipolarity and explain a bit about why the confusion exists, what the symptom presentation looks like in children, discuss possible causes, as well as  touch upon how inflammation and immunologic factors may play an important role in approaching bipolar disorder in children.

Dr. Marvin S. Swartz, M.D. 
Psychiatry Advance Directives (PADS): A Tool to Improve Care. This webinar contains information pertaining to consumers, caregivers and healthcare professionals. 

 Wednesday, January 29th at 9:00 am PST
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Dr. Swartz will introduce the concept of PADs, present data on their potential use, and offer tool kits for their implementation available on the web portal

Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., is Professor and Head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry, Director of the Duke AHEC Program and Director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. Dr. Swartz has been extensively involved in research and policy issues related to the organization and care of mentally ill individuals at the state and national level. He was a Network Member in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment examining use of legal tools to promote recovery mental health treatment. He co-led a North Carolina study examining the effectiveness of Psychiatric Advance Directives and the NIMH funded Clinical Antipsychotics Trials of Intervention Effectiveness study.  He is currently a co-investigator of a study of the cost of criminal justice involvement of mentally ill individuals and the effectiveness of gun laws in reducing gun related deaths.  Dr. Swartz was the recipient of the 2011 American Public Health Association's Carl Taube Award and the 2012 American Psychiatric Association's Senior Scholar, Health Services Research Award for career contributions to mental health services research.

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Bipolare Erkrankung und Stigma

Welfare advice for people who use mental health services

Scientists created camera test for the diagnosis of mental illnesses

Mind your language! Tips for journalists reporting on mental health issues

A"black dog" sculpture has been erected in Edinburgh's Princes Street as part of a campaign by mental health charity Sane to promote understanding of depression and anxiety in the workplace.

Mental Health Parity Rule Clarifies Standards For Treatment Limits, Coverage Of Intermediate

Smoking During Pregnancy Associated with Increased Risk of Bipolar Disorder in Offspring

Predictors of substance abuse identified among teens with bipolar disorder

Mental Health Advocates Blast Rep. Tim Murphy's Bill as a Costly Step Backward, to the Days When a Mental Illness Diagnosis Was a Life Sentence

HHS announces Affordable Care Act mental health services funding

Key questions regarding the treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Dimensional psychopathology in preschool offspring of parents with bipolar disorder.

DSM-5 mania duration criterion questioned

Shared genetic risk for bipolar and alcohol use disorders

Sunshine can make you happy

beyondblue launched doctors mental health survey results in Melbourne

The impact of being newly diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and the short-term outcome of disorder-specific management.

Phenomenological predictors of psychosocial function in bipolar disorder: Is there evidence that social cognitive and emotion regulation abnormalities contribute?

Bipolar-specific disease management gives good returns

Why Do We Report Suicides and How Can We Facilitate Suicide Prevention Efforts?

May oxytocin be a trait marker for bipolar disorder?

Female vulnerability for thyroid function abnormality in bipolar disorder: role of lithium treatment.

** IBPF SAB = International Bipolar Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Read about them here
NAMI Names Mary Giliberti as New Executive Director
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Giliberti as the new Executive Director of the national organization.
Giliberti has served as a Section Chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2008. She previously served for three years as NAMI's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for federal and state issues.

She also has served as Disability Counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. After graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
"Mary has had a long and distinguished career advocating for individuals and families living with mental illness," said NAMI National Board President Keris Jän Myrick. "She was selected after an extensive search informed by many NAMI grassroots leaders and others.
"We are excited by the vision, energy and collaborative style she will bring to NAMI's mission as we begin a new chapter in its 35-year history."

More than just your standard symptom checker, AskMD gets you from "what's wrong" to what you can do about it. Start a consultation to assess your symptoms or manage a health condition. Then get guidance you can trust, steps to take right away, and help with your doctor's appointment.

AskMD is an iOS app that helps consumers collect information about their symptoms, learn more about common causes, and connect them to the doctors and specialists qualified to treat them. AskMD uses clinically-proven research to guide consumers through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all their symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matches their answers against the latest clinical research.
Click here for AskMD website


Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle

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Our book is now available with a S. Africa and Kenya  country  supplements!






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Fireworks and bipolar: a cinematic metaphor

'Fireworks' is a warm-hearted comedy about Kat, a 13-year-old London girl who discovers that her Uncle Gillies is actually her biological father and runs away to Scotland to meet him. Gillies, played by Ewen Bremner ('Trainspotting', 'Black
Hawk Down', 'Snatch'), has bipolar disorder and is treated by lithium, which turns out to be an essential ingredient for their bonding project - building a firework.

Infinitely Polar Bear
A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by
attempting to take full  responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

My Last Rock Bottom
by Sara Berelsman 

Sara liked to drink. Sara was a writer, and drinking seemed to be an element of the identity. As a writer, she searched for the story that would define who she was, and her drinking was a part of her. She drank socially at first,
 with friends or family, at parties, or festivals. She drank at home sometimes, a glass of wine or two. It was when the two glasses of wine turned into two bottles of wine, when her blacked-out drunken behavior began destroying her marriage, when she began combining her drinking with pills - prescribed or otherwise - this is when Sara began to realize she had a problem. It wasn't until she hit her last rock bottom that she understood her story. If she were to continue drinking, her marriage would be over.

Dirty Little Secrets
by Helena Stephenson
Helena Stephenson knows all too well the issues surrounding restraint

 and seclusions in  America's schools.  She tirelessly advocates for children in this area, based on her experiences, and those of her children. Dirty Little Secrets: Restraint and Seclusion in America's Schools is a collection of short stories from survivors and families that have experienced these practices.  Even before you read their stories, we want you to hear their stories. See video here

A Brother's Oath
by Annie Slease 
A Brother's Oath is a young adult novel that focuses on mental illness and its stigma through honesty, humor, and heart. Mental illness affects 20% of young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. While this group is the intended audience, any teens sensitive to th
e effects of mental illness on families would find hope and support, not to mention humor, by reading A Brother's Oath.

Patient Recruitment



Researchers at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital are enrolling men and women for a clinical trial. Individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are currently experiencing a manic episode may qualify.

Eligible participants will receive all study-related care at no cost, and may be reimbursed for time and travel.

Participation is confidential and trials are safely conducted under the supervision of experienced physicians and research specialists.

To learn more, call (858) 836-8350.



$160 for 7 hours

Click here for more information

My name is Dr. Mark Matthews. I am a researcher at Cornell University where we are looking at the use of technology by people like yourself who have bipolar disorder. This questionnaire will help my colleagues and me better understand your use of technology which will in turn inform our design of computer tools for people with bipolar disorder.
Please read this form carefully before agreeing to take part in the study.
Daily vs. Monthly: Monthly intramuscular injections are offering new pathways for people seeking long-term management for conditions like Bipolar I Disorder. Unlike oral medications which must be taken on a daily basis, monthly injections are designed to help:

Extend time between episodes. 
Keep blood concentrations of medication in the body 
within therapeutic levels. 
Promote greater adherence to treatment. 
All eligible study participants will receive at no cost:

Study-related care and monitoring. 
Study visits with the study doctor. 
Study drugs
Are you eligible? Check here
WeSearchTogether advances depression, bipolar disorder and mood research through encouraging volunteer participation and enhancing community-researcher relationships.
The Delphi Consensus Study
The Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder is conducting a research study on using community-based research methods to explore and share wellness strategies for bipolar disorder. The study is focusing on developing new knowledge about what self-management techniques work for stopping progression into mania and hypomania, and for maintaining balance in this condition. You can learn more about the study here or read blogs on the project from the CREST.BD team here.

We are looking for survey participants from two groups of experts: 
People with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder  (I or II) who are 19 or older and are living well with the condition;  
Healthcare providers who are 19 or older and who work with people with bipolar disorder. 
What to expect: 
An invitation to participate in an online survey in English where you will rate how helpful a series of self-management strategies would be for keeping balance in mood in bipolar disorder, or stopping progression into hypomania or mania. 
In 6 to 8 weeks from the completion of the first survey, an invitation to participate in another, shorter, survey. 
After completion of both surveys, an entry into a draw for one of two prize packages worth over $500 each, consisting of books, DVDs and wellness materials.
To participate, please contact Nusha, the CREST.BD Research Coordinator, by e-mail at with the following details: 1) Your e-mail address 2) Your name 3)
Where you heard about the survey.  

If you or a loved one have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or a gastrointestinal disorder (including trouble with reflux and/or gastric emptying) and experience involuntary movements in your face or other parts of your body, you may qualify for a medical research study. Each individual must be 18 to 85 years of age, and will be evaluated to determine his or her eligibility. All participants will receive study-related medical exams and lab tests at no charge. Compensation for time and travel may be available. 
To learn more, visit
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
Bipolar Disorder (Pediatric) Research Studies
More research studies here
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. oder einen Anruf unter 089 51 60 58 99. Bitte sprechen Sie ggf. auf den AB. Wir rufen Sie umgehend zurück.
Managing Bipolar Mood Experiences Without the Use of Medication
·      Have you been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder by a mental health professional?
Have you been offered medication to try and help you manage bipolar moods?
Have you not been using any medication for your mood for at least the last 3 months?
Would you be interested in talking to someone about your experiences of not using medication for your mood?

Taking part will involve answering some questions over the phone, then meeting me to fill in a questionnaire and complete an interview.
If you think you might be interested in taking part and would like to find out more, please e-mail me on or phone me on 07852 523 954.



The Behavioral Health Committee of Jewish Family Service of San Diego invites community organizations that provide mental health programs, support or services to be exhibitors at our annual event in support of mental health awareness.  This year's panel event, "A Community Conversation on Mental Illness: Living with Love, Despair and Hope" will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Congregation Beth Israel.  The Resource Fair will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 pm in the Social Hall.  


Time to Talk

February 6


UMTR2ME will present "An Evening of Hope" hosted by the Rock Church's Aftershock Suicide Loss Ministry.

Saturday February 8th 

San Diego, CA. USA 


22nd European Congress of Psychiatry 

1-4 March 2014

Munich, Germany


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


ISBD Annual Conference 

March 18-21, 2014 

Seoul, Korea


The Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges  

Fri April 25th - Sun April, 27th, 2014


The International Review of Psychosis & Bipolarity (IRPB) Conference   

Athens, Greece, 9-12 May 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  


IBPF Behind the Mask Gala

May 10, 2014

La Jolla, CA, USA


The Annual Meeting of the International Forum of Psychosis & Bipolarity

May 25-28, 2014

Athens Greece  


DGBS: "Bipolar Disorder: Up Close and Personal"

18 to 20 September 2014

Würzburg, Germany 

About the International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to improve understanding and treatment of Bipolar Disorder through research; to promote care and support services for individuals and caregivers; and to erase associated stigma through education.

International Bipolar Foundation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or received from the International Bipolar Foundation.

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