More than 20 million American adults live with depression, or an estimated 10% of the U.S. population. 2.3 million live with bipolar disorder. If you're suffering from bipolar disorder or depression, you're simply not alone. In women ages 40-59, 1 in 4 are now taking antidepressants. So what can you do? One key tool with remarkable efficacy are support groups, and there's a real science behind this. It is a means to deal with a largely genetic condition by creating an environment that changes gene expression.
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If you or someone you know is experiencing mood swings, persistent sadness or anxiety, or having trouble sleeping or eating, you might have decided it’s time to seek help. If symptoms like these have started to interfere with your work, social or personal life—or if you experience a sudden change […]
Individuals with bipolar disorder often spend many years seeking professional help and may get from three to four diagnoses from doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis is important as it can lessen the effects of the disorder on the individual. Individuals with bipolar disorder have an approximately 75-80 percent risk for alcohol and substance abuse. Marital fluctuation, chronic unemployment, and suicide are also prevalent.
Informative documents and pamphlets from DBSA on Bipolar Disorder, Depression.
The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) is a psychological questionnaire used by clinicians to rate the severity of a patient's anxiety. Anxiety can refer to things such as “a mental state…a drive…a response to a particular situation…a personality trait…and a psychiatric disorder.”
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) is a tool designed to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, including mania and/or depression.
1. What is said here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all.
Raise your hand and wait your turn to be called upon. No one person should monopolize group time.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe […]
DBSA support groups are not required to operate according to a rigidly prescribed formula. The sample meeting format shown here incorporates the elements used by many of our groups and is intended as a guide. Facilitators use this as a starting point for the group’s discussion of participant needs and how the group can […]
A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (HD) from Each Mind Matters on Vimeo.
“One in four American adults are living with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, but many of them are afraid to reach out for the help they need. “A New State of Mind” features just […]