For both Wayne and Chris, learning that Chris has bipolar disorder was actually a relief. They needed help for something they knew little about; something they didn’t understand; something they knew if they didn’t get help, it would destroy 37 years of marriage. Click to read about this year’s fundraiser …Read More
Our second Mountain Democrat column of 2016 has been published this year (April 25, 2016) ~ “The Tiny Bud” ~ written by Marcia Rose.
Excerpt: “I walk out to my patio taking a deep breath. The air smells wonderful, it is a cool but beautiful day and the mist of rain is in the air. I smile.”
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I saw their eyes, the sadness and helplessness and I found myself saying, “I do not have Bipolar Disorder, I can facilitate the group if you would like.” I didn’t know then what God had in mind, eighteen years later I can.
Click to watch The Next Step: “Building Where You Grow” video with Pastor John Loera, Green Valley Community Church, and Marcia Rose.Read More
A sudden mental health episode can be confusing! It can leave you feeling scared and helpless, whether you are the patient or family member.
Call the Reach Out collaegues at Bipolar Insights / Mental Health Educational Center. Let a colleague help you through the initial process and explain what you or your family member are going through.
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Our first Mountain Democrat column of 2016 has been published this year (January 25, 2016) ~ “Blessed” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpt: “Over the years some Bipolar Insights attendees have needed to relocate due to job and life transitions. We miss our past members, but it is gratifying when they keep in touch to update us on their lives and ask for updates on ours.”
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February 2016 During class on January 5, 2016, the question was asked, “What changed?” Many began to state, as goals, “I decided to exercise, to eat right, commit to attending classes every week, or go back to school.” At the beginning of each year or days leading up to our birthday, we initiate the thought process that a change is needed. Too often we begin that change and then a month later, we are back to our normal routine. I asked the class, “when you decided to make that change, what initiated the thought?” This question seemed to cause confusion; it took serious thinking to understand what I was asking. I explained, “when we decide to make a change, it’s because something in our life became unbearable. Example: my pants are tight, my fast food job doesn’t pay enough, or I am going into episode. We normally do not change our life when are life is going well.” It’s importance to recognize the event that pushed you to make a change. Understanding the event will help you to stay on course. When pain touches our life, we will work harder and longer not to repeat the event. So I encourage you to name the unbearable event that initiated the moment you decided to change. Then perhaps you will see the reason for making the change and allow yourself to follow through on that...Read More