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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Unique, Worthy, Purpose

Unique, Worthy, Purpose

January 2014 Ok everyone, time to begin. First lesson — you are unique, you have value beyond anything you can imagine. You are worthy, not damaged, not broken worthy! You have a purpose and it was not by chance you came into this world — it was by design. You don’t have to wait for your purpose to begin or wait for some day. You are living it right now, each moment, each day and throughout your life. If you don’t see it, does not mean, it is not happening…… I, Marcia, believe in you. Bipolar disorder is an illness like every other illness, managed the same, but with different medications. Our first teaching is to stop hating medications. Look at them as a gift. If you remember the 60’s, you know there was only two medications.  If you had a mental illness, you were put in a state psychiatric hospital. Because someone wanted to help you, they began to research and produce new medications. Time to review the History of medication beginning with Lithium:  Lithium: A Brilliant Discovery — http://www.womens-wellbeing-and-mental-health.com/lithium.html Hating something holds you hostage, accepting and appreciating a gift opens the doors to healing. xxoo,...

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My Story by Dave S.

My Story by Dave S.

Happy New Year 2014 An inspiration from the 2014 Journal…by Dave S. Before I started attending Bipolar Insights, my lack of knowledge about the disease threatened to take away all of the success I had built in my life. There were times that I did not feel I needed medication, and there were even times I doubted that I had Bipolar Disorder. I could have lost everything. However, now, through the lessons I have learned in Bipolar Insights, I have come to realize that I do in fact have a disease which requires treatment, but I also understand that I can maintain perfect balance in my life by taking my medication, seeing my doctor regularly, staying educated, journaling, and of course, regularly attending Bipolar Insights. The greatest tool Bipolar Insights offers is regular access to Marcia Rose. In the two years that I have been a regular at Bipolar Insights, there have been times when I needed help, and Marcia has always been there for my family and me. Her dedication to helping people with this disorder is invaluable. Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned from Marcia and through my attendance at Bipolar Insights is that Bipolar Disorder is something I have, not what I am. Though I have come to accept that I have this disease, I no longer let it define me. I am now in balance and have been for quite some time. I rely on the lessons I have learned from Marcia and in Bipolar Insights as tools to help maintain that balance. Click to read Dave’s...

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2014 Calendar

2014 Calendar

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 trust@bipolarinsights.com).     The 2014 Journal is copy-protected – © 2014 Bipolar Insights. All rights...

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