Next Tuesday: International #Bipolar Foundation Panel

International Bipolar Foundation Women’s Mental Health Panel July 31, 2018 at 6PM Mission Valley Library. Learn the perspectives of three women, from teenager to mature adult, who live with bipolar disorder in this interactive panel discussion.
Next Tuesday I’ll be on IBPF’s Women’s Mental Health Panel

International Bipolar Foundation
Women’s Mental Health Panel
July 31, 2018 at 6PM
Mission Valley Library
2123 Fenton Parkway
San Diego, CA 92108

Ask about my and other women’s experiences living with bipolar disorder.

To attend, register HERE.

IBPF Consumer Track Meeting

Yesterday I attended the IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation) Annual West Coast Meeting – Consumer Track. The one-day consumer track meeting covered quite a bit which I outline here, providing links to more information.


David J. Miklowitz, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

Coping with Bipolar Disorder: Eight Practical Strategies for Enhancing Wellness

The 8 Self-Care Principles

  1. Monitor your moods daily/know your early warning signs
  2. Recognize and manage stress triggers
  3. Stabilize your sleep/wake rhythms
  4. Know your position on medications
  5. Develop a mania prevention plan
  6. Work on communication with your family/partner
  7. Obtain reasonable accommodations at work or school
  8. Get regular therapy or join a support group

Eric Arauz, MLER

Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Psychiatry.

Conscious Storytelling: Integrating somatic, cognitive, and emotional lucidity in oral storytelling as a recovery tool for serious mental illness, trauma, addiction, and suicidality.

  • Trauma-Informed Recovery
    1. Trauma-Informed Storytelling
    2. Relational Reconstruction
  • Fluencies of Self: Physiological, Cognitive, Spiritual, Social, and Emotional
  • Narrative Identity Processing: “…well-being is associated with the capacity to construct a coherently structured story about a difficult experience.” (Pals, J. L. (2006), Narrative Identity Processing of Difficult Life Experiences: Pathways of Personality Development and Positive Self-Transformation in Adulthood. Journal of Personality, 74: 1079–1110. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2006.00403.x)
  • Read, Write, Speak
  • Polyvagal Theory: TherapeuticDyad
    • Autonomic Nervous System
    • Social Engagement System
    • Neuroception: Pro-social, Fight or Flight, Freezing/Imminent Death
    • Interventions: Heart to Face, Heart to Voice, Heart to Eyes
    • (Porges, SW, The polyvagal theory: phylogenetic substrates of a social nervous system. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2001 Oct; 42(2):123-46.)
  • Conscious Storytelling — Speak — “What is Shareable is Bearable.” (Dan Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight)

Genevieve GreenLynn Hart Muto

A Perspective from a Patient and Caregiver

Genevieve Green, 20-year-old mental health activist and public speaker, and Lynn Hart Muto, IBPF Board Secretary and one of IBPF’s founders, gave their perspectives as consumer and caregiver and answered questions.


Maricela Estrada

Hope: The Beginning of my Beautiful Life

Maricela Estrada has written Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self, is publishing Beautiful Bipolar Bisexual, and blogs at mentalhealthinspiration.blogspot.com. She was a patient of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for ten years. Now she works as a Medical Case Worker helping patients with Prevention and Early Intervention.

Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Access Line (24/7): 1 (800) 854-7771

Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS): Mental health recovery is non-linear.


Thomas S. Jensen, MD

Medical Director of IBPF and psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. He specializes in general and neuropsychiatry treating children, adolescents and adults, but is especially esteemed for his work with patients with bipolar disorder.

Medication Treatment: A 4-Phased Approach

  • Phase 1: Rapidly stabilize mania or mixed state to help assure safety
  • Phase 2: Introduce agents that dampen cycles and lengthen the frequency of cycles, rather than just dampening the mania
  • Phase 3: Address residual depression
  • Phase 4: Address coexisting conditions

Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND

Dr. Jennifer Bahr is a licensed naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural treatments for mental illness and endocrine disorders. For more information about her practice in San Diego, visit drjenniferbahr.com.

Healthy Living: A Natural Approach to Living Well with Bipolar Disorder

Focus on Right/Healthful Decisions

  • CBT/Mindfulness
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Support
  • Resilience is Health

Acceptance – Not perfect all the time


Jake Roberts and Kayte Roberts

All in the Family: Overcoming Addiction and Bipolar Disorder Together

Panel discussion led by siblings Jake Roberts and Kayte Roberts addressed addiction and recovery from addiction, co-occurrence of mental illness and addiction, and genetic roots of addiction and mental illness.

IBPF #MakeSomeoneHappy Challenge!

No doubt it is absurd to think that donning a red nose may lift someone out of bipolar depression, but perhaps it will bring a smile to someone’s face. Maybe someone will hear that they are not alone, that others are out there fighting bipolar disorder. I am participating in the #MakeSomeoneHappy Challenge on behalf of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). Follow and/or donate to them:

Want to participate? Here is how from IBPF‘s website:

#MakeSomeoneHappy Challenge!

Make Someone Happy Campaign

  • What: A challenge to make at least one person happy and to bring awareness to International Bipolar Foundation and our work to help the more than 165 million people with bipolar disorder
  • Who: Anyone interested in brightening someone’s day
  • How: It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3,
    1. Wear a red nose and video yourself telling them (at least one person) your wish for their happy day, then post it on your social media: “Hi [name], I want to make you happy today so I’m wearing this red nose. When feeling low or down in the dumps, remember this nose to relieve your grumps. I invite you to wear a red nose and make 3 more people happy.” Remember to use the hashtag #MakeSomeoneHappy and tag us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/internationalbipolarfoundation) or Twitter (@intlbipolar) . Don’t have social media? Send Heather at hzupin@ibpf.org your video and/or pics and we will post it for you!
    2. Be creative; use a Rudolph or clown nose, lipstick, a sticker, ping pong ball…your choices are endless
    3. AND ask people to make a donation to us at www.IBPF.org/donate when you post your photo or video to social media!

Please forward to friends, family and colleagues and ask them to participate in this fun challenge!

Mental Health Resources

RESOURCES IN THE UNITED STATES
Descriptions are directly quoted from each resource’s website.

DBSA: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
dbsalliance.org

Support Groups Help
Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.

IBPF: International Bipolar Foundation
ibpf.org

The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education.

MentalHealth.gov

MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide:

  • The general public
  • Health and emergency preparedness professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Government and business leaders
  • School systems
  • Local communities

Mental Health America
mentalhealthamerica.net

Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
nami.org

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI FaithNet
faithnet.nami.org

NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1-800-273-TALK (8255)  ~  Call 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health
nimh.nih.gov

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
samhsa.gov

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Veterans Crisis Line
veteranscrisisline.net

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1-800-273-8255 press 1
Text to 838255
Confidential Veterans Live Chat available online