Self Awareness

Self Awareness

May 2014 Being self-aware allows you to distinguish between symptoms of bipolar disorder, your personality, dysfunction, coping skills, and learned behavior. This is crucial, because when you explain your symptoms to your psychiatrist, you have to be able to differentiate what are actual symptoms of bipolar disorder and what are other issues. Your personality, behavior, and dysfunction affect how you view bipolar disorder — you must “know” yourself in order to make the distinction. Just because you laugh hysterically does not necessarily mean you’re in mania. And, if you want to lay on the couch all day and eat junk food does not necessarily mean you’re depressed. All behavior problems are not created because you have bipolar disorder. There are many factors that make up who you are. Being self-aware helps you to work on each area of your life individually. You are a unique individual, special and perfect in every way. No one has the ability to “know” you as you know yourself. So use it to your...

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T-Shirt – Fundraiser

T-Shirt – Fundraiser

Each year, Bipolar Insights strives to advance the cause of diminishing the myths surrounding bipolar disorder. Once again, we are generating community support and awareness by asking you to be part of this year’s fundraiser.   $5 per t-shirt Black – Small, Medium, Larger, X-Large White – Small, Medium, Larger, X-Large T-shirts are available to purchase in class – or contact Marcia at trust@bipolarinsights.com for other pick-up options We continue to educate and help individuals and families achieve their dreams. Your contributions positively influence the community. We hope we can count on your...

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What Does Bipolar Disorder Look Like?

What Does Bipolar Disorder Look Like?

Our second Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (April 28, 2014) ~ “What Does Bipolar Disorder Look Like?” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpt: “Before we look at what bipolar disorder looks like, let’s determine what it does not look like. Individuals with bipolar disorder do not drool, bang their heads against the wall or have a sign on their forehead that reads, “I am bipolar.” Such misconceptions need to be put to rest.“ Click here to read the rest of the column … Bipolar Insights: What Does Bipolar Disorder Look...

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The Truth about Bipolar Disorder

The Truth about Bipolar Disorder

April 2014 When we face the truth, so many doors open, one after the other. What is the truth about bipolar disorder? It’s Genetic Individuals are born with BPD – this is their normal Bipolar disorder is what you have, not who you are It is not your fault No cure (YET) It’s Progressive It has definite symptoms Behaviors are not symptoms Medications will control symptoms Movement from mania to depression is called an episode There are cycles and patterns; other mental or physical illnesses do not cycle Cycle: movements between mania and depression Pattern: when your movements have a pattern to it Episode: when you go higher into mania state (over a 6) or lower into depressed state (under a low 5) Bipolar disorder is not dysfunction behavior If in episode, the individual has lost control, the disorder is controlling them Bipolar disorder is not about your illness, but rather about how you deal with it!...

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EXTENDING the Newcomer Class 2014

EXTENDING the Newcomer Class 2014

Newcomer Class: Basics about Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health The Newcomer Class has been a huge success. So much so that we are extending the class. Everyone is welcome! Bipolar Insights is extending their 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 disorder Adults with bipolar disorder Children with bipolar disorder Parents with children and bipolar disorder Family members How do I communicate with a psychiatrist Medications and how they work What is the benefit of keeping a Journal So many families come to Bipolar Insights at a time of crisis. This class will step through the basics of bipolar disorder, understanding the diagnose, and taking the first steps to managing the disorder. Sunday, March 9, 2014 * 7:00-8:30 PMSix week education teachingMarshall Medical Conference Room, 681 Main Street, #207/208 in Placerville$5 donation per person per classPre-registration for class not required Please share this with those who are looking to educate themselves about bipolar disorder and mental illness. Bipolar disorder is not who you are, but what you have. Questions? Email me at trust@bipolarinsights.com or call 530-642-0859. See you...

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Medications

Medications

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 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...

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