February 2014 Continuing our teaching on medications, it is important to look back and understand when and how medications came into play. In the 60’s, state mental hospital housed many who had a mental illness, including bipolar disorder. The thought of the day was that an individual diagnosed with a mental illness had no hope, that they would continue in their illness...Read More
Newcomer Class: Basics about Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health Starting Sunday, March 9th, Bipolar Insights will be hosting a six week educational teaching for “Newcomers” pertaining to bipolar disorder and other mental health issues. What is the common denominator with mental illness What does bipolar disorder look like What is the truth about bipolar...Read More
Our first Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (January 27, 2014) ~ “Happy Last Year” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpts: By now the excitement of a new year has diminished. We are falling back into our routines, the holidays have become a memory and our sight is now on the events of the days ahead. As the calendar year comes to a close, we often...Read More
The 2014 Journal has arrived! Another great calendar; another great year! Bipolar Insights 2014 Journal will be on sale in December. Journaling plays a major part in managing bipolar disorder. Don’t start the new year without one. Pick up a journal at group or call to have one mailed to you. For multiple journals, call or email for a discounted price (530-642-0859...Read More
Bipolar Insights is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation located in the city of Placerville. Bipolar Insights is unique in that we care not only for those who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but we also reach out to family, friends, and the community. We help educate people affected by bipolar disorder, through our low-cost educational center, counseling, and literature.
“You don’t look like a person with bipolar disorder?” Well, what exactly does a person with bipolar disorder look like? Do they have that far away look, drool, bump into walls, or are their faces distorted in some way? Individuals with bipolar disorder are male, female, children, and teens.
Continuing our teaching on medications, it is important to look back and understand when and how medications came into play. In the 60’s, state mental hospital housed many who had a mental illness, including bipolar disorder. The thought of the day was that an individual diagnosed with a mental illness had no hope, that they would continue in their illness all their life. There was only two medications available for all mental illness, one being Lithium.
It took a group of individuals, with a vision and belief that there was hope. With research, came the beginning to produce new drugs.
Today, we have a variety of medications. State hospitals no longer exist and management is attainable.
I have heard all the negative responses pertaining to medications — from side effects to they just don’t work. The truth is that all medications have side effects, even aspirin. When you state “all” medication are bad, or “all” have side effects, it limits your ability to find the combination of medications and doses you need to achieve balance.
There are so many variables when dealing with medications. If you have already determined medications will not work, you are not open to receive the gift of of a balanced life.
Pretend for a moment it is 1950 and you have bipolar disorder. Your option is a state mental hospital and two medications. Today, hospitalization is rarely necessary and a variety of medications are available, designed specifically for your illness.
I hope this education will help you to accept the value of medications, and understand the gift presented to you.Read more
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“Bipolar Insights: Happy Last Year” * January 27, 2014: Bipolar Insights first Mountain Democrat column, written by Marcia Rose, co-founder and facilitator of Bipolar Insights, published this year. The Mountain Democrat is a Northern California newspaper publication. Click here to read more.
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