FAQ

FAQ

DBSA Frequently Asked Questions

Finding a Mental Health Professional

A Personal Guide
We’ve been there. We can help.
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 […]

ECT Overview

Electroshock can also be fatal. Estimates of ECT-related death rates vary widely. Professional journals are disinclined to publish reports or studies of ECT-related deaths. Not since 1957 has any journal published a large-scale study of ECT-related deaths (see in the text Impastato’s first entry in 1957).

Know the Signs

Suicide is preventable. A great resource for anyone looking for answers and help. The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment developed by Kelly Posner, PhD, David Brent, MD, Chris Lucas, MD, Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, Barbara Stanley, PhD, Greg brown, PhD, Prudence Fisher, PhD, Jaime Zelazny, NR, MPH, Ainsley Burke, PhD, Maria Oquendo, MD, and J. John Mann, MD.

Bipolar Affective Disorder – A Guide to Recovery

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.

Support Group Guidelines

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 […]

6 Bipolar Depression Symptoms

Most of these symptoms are fairly easy for a patient or others to notice. Examples of each are given to help you or family, friends and others to recognize when loss of energy and decreased activity may signal the onset or presence of a bipolar depressive episode.

Facilitator Support Meeting Protocols

DBSA recommends that we begin each group by reviewing these facilitator support meeting protocols and guidelines to help participants learn and commit to the group standards.

Share the air.
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.
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What is Depression?

What is depression as opposed to clinical depression.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder encompasses a wide spectrum of symptoms and is classified according to the types of mood episodes exhibited, including: manic, hypomanic, major depressive and mixed episodes.