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Thriving with bipolar – Dr.Holly Swartz

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Holly Swartz, MD, recipient of DBSA Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award and Young Investigator Award, discusses the importance of patients and clinicians working together to develop a treatment plan that encompasses all aspects of a patient’s life. Dr.Swartz also talks about what it means for patients to thrive with a mood disorder from the perspective of a health care provider.

Thriving with Bipolar

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In order to thrive, all aspects of a person must be evaluated including physical health, lifestyle, education, employment status or career goals, relationships, etc. Collaboration between health care providers and patients/clients is key to the future of treatment of mental health conditions if we hope to evolve to a person- or wellness-centered, whole-health approach.

Thriving with Bipolar – Cassie

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DBSA sat down with Cassie who gave us insightful solutions to the challenges that people living with bipolar may face.

Thriving with Bipolar – John

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DBSA sat down with John and talked to him about his journey with bipolar and how he incorporates other aspects of his life to ensure that he thrives with this mental health condition.

Thriving with Bipolar – Steve

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Steve talks to DBSA about the steps he took to collaborate with clinicians and family members in order to thrive with bipolar.

DBSA would like to thank Allergan for supporting the Thriving with Bipolar Campaign.

Protective Factors to Help Prevent Suicide Course

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Cheryl – DBSA Chapter Leader

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Hear Cheryl's story about starting a DBSA Chapter.

Jeff – DBSA Chapter Leader

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Jeff finds DBSA support groups tremendously helpful.

Amy – DBSA Support Group Participant

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Amy has found DBSA Support Groups to be very helpful.

The Value of DBSA Support Groups

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DBSA support groups provide the kind of sharing and caring that is crucial for a lifetime of wellness. DBSA support groups:

  • give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there.
  • motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
  • help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
  • provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self discovery.

Remember, support groups are not a substitute for professional care. DBSA chapters and support groups do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatment or medication, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.

DBSA I’m here… Campaign

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A Saner Spin, Ep. 29: DBSA’s “I’m Here” Campaign

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I’m here… to Go Fetch Wellness

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I’m here… Demonstrations: Peer to Friend

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I’m here… Demonstrations: Peer to Peer

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I’m here… Demonstrations: Family to Peer

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Demystifying Bipolar Disorder

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Demystifying Bipolar Disorder is a program created by DBSA to help educate individuals about bipolar disorder, separate the myths from the facts, and learn about helpful tools in managing bipolar disorder.

Restoring Intimacy

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Depression and bipolar disorder pose a challenge not just to our health, but to our closest relationships as well. As partners struggle against the fallout of guilt, confusion, and anger, genuine affection and intimacy often become all but impossible to maintain. This webinar takes a realistic look at the challenges as well as practical ways to make intimate relationships work better under such conditions.

Presenters: Anita Clayton, M.D. and Holly Swartz, M.D.

Presentation: PDF of Restoring Intimacy presentation slides

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Health Care Reform: Providing More Access to Quality Mental Health Care

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Are you getting all the mental health insurance benefits you are entitled to? DBSA presents a webinar that explains many of the advantages of health care reform for individuals living with mood disorders.

Presenter: Allen Doederlein

Treatment Choices: Tools for Success

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In Treatment Choices: Tools for Success, the last in DBSA’s 4-part webinar series exploring how individuals can get back in the driver’s seat on their road to wellness, we will provide practical strategies to help adults living with mood disorders gain more personal control over their treatment options. We will also be reviewing some tools that are designed to help you better construct a wellness plan, monitor your progress, and/or help you with specific wellness strategies.

Presenter: Donna Dykstra

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Treatment Choices: Options for Bipolar Disorder

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In Treatment Choices: Options for Bipolar Disorder, we will address key areas of choice for adults living with bipolar disorder and offer suggestions for working with your clinical team to align your treatment with your wellness goals.

Presenters: Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D. and Ellen Frank, PhD

Treatment Choices: Options for Depression

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In Treatment Choices: Options for Depression, we will address key areas of choice for adults living with depression and offer suggestions for working with your clinical team to align your treatment with your wellness goals.

Presenters: Andrew Nierenberg, MD and Evette J. Ludman, PhD

Treatment Choices

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Too often, individuals living with a mood disorder can feel like their fate and quality of life is in the hands of others—that they have no real choice in finding the best path for treatment, and ultimately, their future. This can be disempowering and frustrating prospect that limits individuals’ ability to achieve wellness goals that are most important to them.

Understanding Your Options

This first webinar provides a broad overview of several areas where you can exercise choice in finding a treatment plan that work best for you and how to work with your clinical team to ensure your treatment plan reflects your choices.

Presentation: PDF of Treatment Choices Part I Understanding Your Options slides

Presenter: Greg Simon, MD, MPH

Kim’s Story

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Jeff’s Story

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Understanding Agitation

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Everyone feels antsy, fidgety, or restless from time to time. But some people develop a more severe form of uneasiness called agitation. They may pace, wring their hands, or feel that they can’t sit still or focus. People living with mood disorders may be more disposed to experiencing agitation. Recognizing the signs of agitation and knowing what to do when they appear can be helpful to people with mood disorders and their loved ones.

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Presenters: Scott Zeller, MD and Tom Lane, CRPS

Unlocking & Opening Doors to Treatment

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Did you know your health insurance plan is required to offer the same level of benefits for mental health as it does for physical health? Understanding your rights is crucial to maximizing the mental health benefits available to you. This 35-minute webinar will inform you of your rights and tell you how to file an appeal with the insurance company if you have been inappropriately denied coverage.

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