October 21, 2009

Bring Change 2 Mind Launches today

A new high-profile organization, Bring Change 2 Mind, is being launched today through a series of public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs address the stigma of Mental Illness and raise awareness of the prevalence of Mental Illness in the U.S.; they are directed by Ron Howard and feature Glenn Close. Glenn Close is working in concert with several leading organizations to create Bring Change 2 Mind. For more information, see www.bringchange2mind.org. Ms. Close has a sister, Jessie, who suffers from bipolar disorder. I must admit that I became a bit emotional when watching a few of the clips available at Read more...
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July 8, 2009

2009 NAMI Conference: New online information technology introduced

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania used the occasion of the 2009 NAMI conference to introduce an innovative website that provides information, education and support to mental health consumers, family members and the community. The new website utilizes a patented technology which simulates real-time conversations enabling users to ask specific questions and receive specific responses to questions about Mental Illness. This interactive content, the result of a multi-year research & development effort, offers general advice about Mental Illness and includes links to NAMI fact sheets about bipolar disorder and other specific conditions. While a small portion of the content (less than 10%) provides Read more...
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October 1, 2007

Youth Interrupted - How one person's Bipolar Disorder led to a major Adolecent Mental Health Program

The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative is a major, University of Pennsylvania-led effort to address what one expert calls the "chronic diseases of the young." There is a good story this month in the University of Pennsylvania Alumni magazine on a major new mental health initiative that is taking place there. Its a story of hope - of how one person's struggle with bipolar disorder has led to a major adolescent mental health initiative that could help thousands, if not millions, of people. Following is a short quote from the story: Before Patrick Jamieson was able to get his bipolar disorder Read more...
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September 13, 2007

"A Day in the Life" of a Person who has Bipolar Disorder - Contest

One of the goals of our web site is to educate people about what living with bipolar disorder is like. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals wants to help you tell that story... and a lucky winner will even win $1000 for their submission! "A Day in the Life..." is a competition aimed at raising awareness of what it is like to live with bipolar disorder. Submissions are being accepted until September 28, 2007 and can include essays, drawings or paintings, music, video or audio. Following is a brief description: A Day in the Life… Contest Guidelines 2007 WHAT: As part of the 2007 Read more...
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June 29, 2007

Stanford University Bipolar Education Day - July 14th

Stanford University is hosting its 3rd annual bipolar disorder education day on July 14th, 2007. This is a great way for the psychiatric department at any university to give back to the local community and provide accessible information. Our coverage of past Stanford Bipolar Education days (with views of their presentations) is here: Bipolar Disorder Information and Treatment Presentations and also here: Highlights from Bipolar/Schizophrenia Education Day. Read more...
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May 8, 2007

4 Percent of US Adults have Bipolar Disorder

Approximately 4.4 percent of U.S. adults may have some form of bipolar disorder during some point in their lifetime, including about 2.4 percent with a "sub-threshold" condition, according to an article in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Individuals with bipolar disorder tend to fluctuate between periods of mania -- an inappropriately elevated mood, characterized by impulsive behavior and an increased activity level -- and periods of depression. They are at increased risk of suicide and other medical problems, such as cardiovascular disease, according to background information in the article. Previously, researchers estimated Read more...
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October 11, 2006

Bipolar Awareness Campaign: Mania vs. Depression

October 5th 2006 was this years Bipolar Awareness Day, as part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's (NAMI) annual Mental Illness Awareness Week. This included; events, movie viewings, donations, free mental health screenings, as well as posters promoting awareness of mental illnesses, all in hopes of educating and reducing stigma. Read more...
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October 20, 2005

Bipolar Disorder Information and Treatment Presentations

As we covered back in August this past summer, there was an excellent public education seminar held at Stanford University (California) that we reported on. Today we are making available on the Internet the presentations on bipolar disorder that were made that day. There were two presentations. Click on the links to get directly to the presentation: Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - This presentation talks about how in the older traditional mode of thinking psychiatrists used to describe these brain disorders as fixed categories. The thinking now is that the "boarders" to these disease classifications are now Read more...
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August 20, 2005

Suicide Prevention Walk

Saturday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, Jeff Alt, author of A Hike For Mike, and his wife, Beth will lead a "Hike to the Hill," to Capitol Hill to bring attention to-and help prevent-the national and global suicide epidemic. They want to stop the 31,000 American deaths each year to suicide and help the 19 million Americans suffering from depression. (PRWEB) August 19, 2005 -- Saturday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, from 10a.m.-12p.m., Jeff Alt, author of A Hike For Mike, and his wife, Beth will lead a "Hike to the Hill," from Freedom Plaza (across from the Read more...
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August 4, 2005

Bipolar Disorder in Women

A major review article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry discusses special considerations for women who have bipolar disorder. There are several gender differences that differentiate diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder for men vs. women. The authors of the review included relevant literature from the Medline, Psychinfo, and Pubmed databases. They examined studies from 1966 to the present day, and included over 100 references in their published article. Among their findings were the following points: Concerning prevalence, diagnosis, and presentation of bipolar disorder in women: --Although bipolar I is equally prevalent among men and women, bipolar Read more...
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August 2, 2005

Highlights from SZ/BP Education Day

On Saturday morning, Drs. Ira Glick, Terence Ketter, and Po Wong gave enlightening talks on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to a packed Fairchild Auditorium on the Stanford University campus. Dr. Glick expressed surprise and gratitude that so many of the community had a clear interest in these disorders. He seemed pleased with the success of the first annual schizophrenia and bipolar education day, which has been in the works for about a year. The day began with a continental breakfast and a welcome address from Dr. Glick, who said that the objective of this event was to "increase public awareness Read more...
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July 20, 2005

Radio Program on Kids with BP

American RadioWorks is running an hour-long segment on the current situation of children with bipolar disorder. The program includes how to recognize if a child may have bipolar disorder, what the treatment options are, and how these children interact with their world. The host talks with various experts, and with children diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their families. Check with your local public radio station listings to see if they are airing this American RadioWorks documentary, or listen online to a streaming audio file archived on the American Radioworks website. Read more...
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June 28, 2005

Bebe Campbell on Bipolar Disorder

Bebe Moore Campbell is a well known author of a number of excellent children's books (as well as books for adults) that are focused on explaining to children bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. She has published such books as: Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, 72 Hour Hold and many others. The New York Times talked with her recently: "Like many novelists, the best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell often starts her books with experiences from her own life. In "Singing in the Comeback Choir," she wrote of intergenerational relationships in a black family. In "Brothers and Sisters," she examined the Read more...
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Bipolar Disorder More Prevalent

BIPOLAR DISORDER MORE PREVALENT AND COSTLY THAN BELIEVED; High Suicide rate could be reduced greatly by use of the drug Lithium. Studies presented at International Conference on Bipolar Disorder PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2005 - The incidence of bipolar disorder in the general population is considerably higher than earlier studies have indicated, resulting in significantly less productivity and more days lost from work compared to the better known major depressive disorder, according to preliminary findings from a national survey presented today at the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder. Another study has found that lithium, one of psychiatry’s oldest drugs, may Read more...
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Bipolar Disorder Conference Coverage

Bipolar Disorder Genes Genetics where the major theme at International Conference on Bipolar Disorder that took place on June 16-18. Despite an intensive effort, researchers have yet to identify the genes that cause bipolar disorder, yet the practical benefits of such a discovery could reap rich rewards for those suffering from the mental illness. New research findings presented at the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder suggest specific genetic linkages that are associated with the mental illness, bringing researchers much closer to finding the elusive gene or genes. Another study finds an association between an abnormal thyroid condition and bipolar Read more...
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Stanford Bipolar Education Day - July 30th

Stanford University is hosting a bipolar disorder (and schizophrenia) education day at the end of July. This is something that every university focused on bipolar disorder should do every year for its local community. Its great to see Stanford starting up this annual event. 1st Annual - Bipolar Education Day When: Saturday, July 30th, 2005, 8 am to noon Where: Friedenrich Auditorium Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California About the Bipolar Disorder Education Day: Presented by the Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Ira Glick, MD Director, Schizophrenia Clinic and Dr. Terence Ketter, Read more...
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June 20, 2005

Educating Primary Care Physicians

Many people with bipolar disorder and other mental disorders do not go straight to a psychologist or psychiatrist when they are suffering from their symptoms. Many of them go to their primary care physicians who only have a basic knowledge of abnormal psychology, some less than others. But this is where people can often be misdiagnosed and then prescribed the wrong medication for their mental illness. Educating primary care physicians on bipolar disorder is an excellent way to make sure that everyone gets the help they need. Luckily, many primary care physicians are starting to get the knowledge they need Read more...
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May 27, 2005

Bipolar Continuing Education

This announcement on new training classes for doctors on Bipolar Disorder looks like the sort of thing that might be of value to others trying to learn about the disorder: New Continuing Education program for Primary Care Physicians the Latest Insights on Bipolar Disorder; Lifelong Learning Initiative Provides New Tools and Insights for Earlier Diagnosis, Collaborative Care CME LLC announced today the launch of the Lifelong Learning Initiative on Bipolar Disorder, a full curriculum of continuing medical education programs, running nationwide through December. The Lifelong Learning Initiative is geared toward primary care physicians and addresses the importance of a collaborative Read more...
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