Patients And Family Members

There are several national organizations that provide a wide range of information and services for mood disorders. We highly recommend the following:

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. DBSA is a consumer-based organization which provides support groups, clinical referrals, educational seminars, and a number of other excellent resources for people with mood disorders and their family members.
  • For children under 12 with bipolar disorder: Balanced Mind Foundation (formerly Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF; bpkids.org), the BMF is an organization that supports families of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The site offers clinical referrals, first person accounts, a clinician directory, and sample individualized educational programs for youth with bipolar disorder.
  • Education and resources for kids, teens, parents and teachers: bpchildren.org
  • Support for all mental illnesses in the United States: National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI, the largest mental health organization in the US, provides support groups, education, and referrals to persons with severe mental illnesses and their families. Their “Family to Family” educational group – run by and for families – consistently receives excellent reviews from participants.

Hope Says...

HOPE SAYS...

I Hate Myself: Hope says You Are Loved
I Don't Matter: Hope says You Have A Purpose
I Don't Fit In: Hope says You Belong
I Want To Give Up: Hope says You Have A Choice
I Feel Useless: Hope says You Are Needed

Hope says We Can't Imagine Life Without You!

Video on Bipolar Disorder with Dr. Miklowitz

A message from David J. Miklowitz, PhD — Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute

The Role Of Faith Communities For The Mental Health Community

This is a video with Dr. David Miklowitz talking about the role of faith communities for the mental health community.

Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder

This much-needed volume gives clinicians essential strategies for managing the complexities of bipolar disorder and tailoring treatment to each patient's changing needs. Highly readable, accessible, and pragmatic, the book provides expert guidance on critically important treatment questions. It addresses which medications to try and at what dosages, what psychosocial interventions are most helpful at different phases of the illness, how to continually monitor and fine-tune treatment to keep patients functioning well, and how to involve family members productively.

The Perils of Adolescence

Hosted by the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors, “The Perils of Adolescence,” the inaugural Community Conversations, was a sold out event. The symposium showcased distinguished UCLA Faculty elucidating common teen behaviors to enhance important understanding in parents and educators. As adolescence is a time when mental symptoms often emerge, early recognition and treatment are critical for healthy outcomes.

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program (617-643-2076) provides information, treatment, research, and self-care tools to persons with bipolar disorder and their families.

A blank mood chart in pdf form
can be downloaded from http://www.manicdepressive.org/moodinstruct.html

How Do I Find a Support Group?

Mental Health America’s “How Do I Find a Support Group?” page:
http://www.nmha.org/go/find_support_group
Includes links to both general and specialized support groups