depression

SGV Depression and Bipolar Support, Pasadena

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.

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.

Psychologists

Beliefs run your genes. Gene expression is actually affected by consciousness (perception) and environment. Good therapy helps change self-destructive beliefs.

ECT

Scientology can always use the ECT card to discredit psychiatrists and discourage proper mental health treatment, and until it is seen for what it is, psychiatrists practicing it will always have to answer for a dubious treatment that literally relies on brain damage to "treat" the patient, just as they did with lobotomies. This is why patients, while already considered a danger to themselves or they wouldn't be in psychiatric hospitals, are asked to sign waivers in a de facto state of diminished capacity.

Voices

Personal accounts of treatments, approaches, experiences with bipolar disorder, suicide attempts and major depression.

Spotlight

How good therapy changes perception, which means more than most people imagine.

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 […]

A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (HD)

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 […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.