Bipolar Resources

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GEORGIA SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION NETWORK
A community information network offering a central location for suicide prevention, intervention and aftercare education, information and resources.

Website: gspin.org


THE BALANCED MIND FOUNDATION
The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek. They provide the following:

Forums and Blogs for parents The Balanced Mind Foundation envisions a world where children living with mood disorders thrive because their families have the resources, community and support they need.

Website: thebalancedmind.org


E-NEWSLETTER FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER
Subscribe to the International Bipolar Foundation’s e-newsletter.


BEAUTIFUL MINDS:
BIPOLAR DISORDER LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE SERIES
Part Two: Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Dependence
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Briarcliff Campus of Emory University
1256 Briarcliff Rd, Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium
Atlanta, GA 30306

Price: Free

The Emory University Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research are sponsoring a series of lectures on bipolar disorder, accompanied by performances by creative people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The topics are appropriate for any audience, including families, caregivers, educators and people wanting to know more about the disease.

The second lecture in a series, “Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Dependence” will be held at the Briarcliff Campus of Emory University. Light refreshments will be provided. Click for directions.

For more information please contact Debbie Costello Smith.


BEAUTIFUL MINDS:
BIPOLAR DISORDER LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE SERIES
Part One: What is Type II Bipolar Disorder?
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm

Briarcliff Campus of Emory University
1256 Briarcliff Rd, Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium
Atlanta, GA 30306

Price: Free

The Emory University Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program & The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research are sponsoring a series of lectures on bipolar disorder with performances by creative people who have bipolar disorder. The first lecture, “What is Type II Bipolar Disorder?” will be held at the Briarcliff Campus of Emory University, Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium. Light refreshments will be provided. The topics are appropriate for any audience wanting to know more about the disease.

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER TYPE II?
Download document from Beautiful Minds Lecture Series
(PDF)


DOCTORS SPECIALIZING IN BIPOLAR DISORDER
Find nearby based on a major city or zipcode search:

Website: healthline.com


NATIONAL NETWORK OF DEPRESSION CENTERS

National Depression Centers
The National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) is an initiative being launched by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, in conjunction with colleague institutions across the nation. The primary goal of the NNDC is to transform and accelerate the understanding and treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders by developing an integrated network of leading Depression Centers. The multidisciplinary outreach programs of the NNDC will help to better diagnose and treat depression and bipolar illness, as well as eradicate stigma associated with these diseases

Website: nndc.org/members


ASK A BIPOLAR
Ask a Bipolar provides answers to users questions based on personl experience from those living with bipolar. The information is not delivered by medical professionals, but it is a great resource for those who want to talk to others who can relate to life with bipolar disorder. The site includes a blog, forum, faqs, helpful links and more.

Website: askabipolar.com


MOODTRACKER ONLINE TOOLS FOR DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER (FREE)

Website: moodtracker.com

Mood ChartGraphical Mood Chart
The mood chart shows your daily mood level along with your hours of sleep and your medications. The chart can show a month, a quarter, or a year of information.

Public Forum
Our forum is unique because you can share your mood chart and medication history with others. Now you can give and take feedback with other forum members.

Medication History
The Medication History helps you keep track of what meds you’re taking now as well as what meds you’ve had in the past. Dosage amounts and dosage frequency are tracked too.

Support Alerts
With Support Alerts you can schedule text messages to be sent to a cell phone on a periodic basis to remind you to take your meds, or to notify a friend that you are having a manic episode. It also works with e-mail.

Connect with Your Caregiver
Because your mood chart and medication history are online, it’s easy to give your caregiver access to it. Now your caregiver can take a more active role in your treatment.


DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE (DBSA)
» In Crisis?
» Signs and Symptoms of Mood Disorders
» Just Diagnosed?
» Recovery Steps
» Helping a Loved One

Website: dbsalliance.org


NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has a national organization as well as state organizations and local affiliates in more than 1,100 communities across the country.

Website: nami.org


HEALTHLINE: BIPOLAR DISORDER
Features include:
Creativity: The Upside of Bipolar Disorder
Experts agree that there’s a strong link between bipolar disorder and creativity. Explore the connection
Therapist Visit Guide
Your time with your therapist is important. Use these tips to get the most out of it and to prepare for your next visit to ensure you get proper care for your condition. Get prepared.
Foods That Calm Your Mind
Certain foods can help your brain function with more clarity. Learn about which foods can help you through a manic episode and keep stress at bay. See what’s for dinner.

Website: healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder


MAYO CLINIC STAFF ON BIPOLAR DISORDER
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.
TOPICS INCLUDE:

Website: mayoclinic.com


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT SERVICES LOCATOR
Find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Website: findtreatment.samhsa.gov


BIPOLAR DISORDER AND ANXIETY DISORDERS:
Research Identifies Problem Areas
Two studies published in January 2007 offer significant insights into the relationship between bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders, and the connection between these and substance abuse. These studies have important implications for bipolar patients, their families and friends, and for mental health care providers.

Website: about.com


THE FEMININE SIDE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
Special advice for women with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder can present unique challenges for women, particularly around menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause—times when the disorder may change course and require modifications in treatment.

Read Full Online Article
Book: The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David J. Miklowitz. Ph.D.


INSTINCTIVE BIRD
Forum to share thoughts about mental illness and addictions
As Author of No More Crutch,  an “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) presenter with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and through his blog, instinctivebird.com, Jason Insalaco speaks openly about dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, successes, and hopes.

Website: instinctivebird.com
Book: No More Crutch by Jason Insalaco


COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA
The Conquering Insomnia program ($24.95) is a PDF (Adobe Reader) based treatment program that is designed as if you are a patient going through the five-session, five-week CBT treatment program developed and tested at Harvard Medical School.

Website: cbtforinsomnia.com/About/treatment.html


THE PAUL WELLSTONE AND PETE DOMENICI MENTAL HEALTH PARITY AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT (MHPAEA) TOOKIT
MHPAEA was passed in 2008 to correct discriminatory health care practices against those both with a mental illness and/or addiction. Significantly, the law aims to curb both the financial and non-financial or “non-quantitative” ways that plans limit access to addiction and mental health care. Individuals with mental illness and/or addiction, their families, professionals in the field and employers worked together to pass the law.

(PDF download)


REHABINFO – TRUSTED REHAB REFERRAL
We help pick the right treatment center based on your needs… With over 13,000 addiction facilities in the U.S. which one is the best for you?

Website: rehabinfo.net


GRIEF COUNSELING
In light of the loss of several members of the Atlanta music community in recent months, it is important to be aware of the affect that grief can have on friends, family members and colleagues. While the Sean Costello Memorial Fund is not equipped to provide grief counseling, the Fund encourages those suffering loss to contact Emory OPTP Clinic for low cost individual and/or group psychotherapy at 404-727-0399. The OPTP (Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program) provides therapy to those without insurance.


FAULTY BODY CLOCK MAY MAKE KIDS BIPOLAR
Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry found four versions of the regulatory gene RORB that were associated with pediatric bipolar disorder.

Alexander Niculescu from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, US, worked with a team of researchers at Harvard, UC San Diego, Massachusetts General Hospital and SUNY Upstate Medical University to study the RORA and RORB genes of 152 children with the condition and 140 control children. They found four alterations to the RORB gene that were positively associated with being bipolar. Niculescu said, “Our findings suggest that clock genes in general and RORB in particular may be important candidates for further investigation in the search for the molecular basis of bipolar disorder”.

RORB is mainly expressed in the eye, pineal gland and brain. Its expression is known to change as a function of circadian rhythm in some tissues, and mice without the gene exhibit circadian rhythm abnormalities. According to Niculescu, “Bipolar disorder is often characterized by circadian rhythm abnormalities, and this is particularly true among pediatric bipolar patients. Decreased sleep has even been noted as one of the earliest symptoms discriminating children with bipolar disorder from those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It will be necessary to verify our association results in other independent samples, and to continue to study the relationship between RORB, other clock genes, and bipolar disorder”.

Pediatric bipolar disorder is a controversial diagnosis characterized by alternating bouts of depression and mania in children, although it does not affect all young people in the same way and the duration and severity of the disorder can vary enormously.


Notes to Editors:

  1. Evidence for Genetic Association of RORB with Bipolar Disorder
    Casey L McGrath, Stephen J Glatt, Pamela Sklar, Helen Le-Niculescu, Ronald Kuczenski, Alysa E Doyle, Joseph Biederman, Eric Mick, Stephen V Faraone, Alexander B Niculescu and Ming T Tsuang
    BMC Psychiatry (in press)
    Article citation and URL available on request at press @ biomedcentral.com on the day of publication
  2. BMC Psychiatry is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. BMC Psychiatry(ISSN 1471-244X) is indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed, MEDLINE, CAS, Scopus, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Current Contents, Thomson Reuters (ISI) and Google Scholar.
  3. BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

REGLAN & TARDIVE DYSKINESIA

Reglan & tardive dyskinesia causes involuntary and repetitive movements which are irreversible and incurable. Tardive dyskinesia can develop in patients who have been treated with certain prescription antipsychotics. According to Mental Health America, as many as 1 out of every 5 patients taking neuroleptic or antipsychotic medications for longer than three months will develop the condition, which can be permanent and has no known cure. The Tardive Dyskinesia Center offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on tardive dyskinesia diagnosis. They also provide free informational packets.