In some areas of the world, daylight savings is near. With this one hour time difference or "spring forward", you may experience a change in your mood and energy. Most of us will feel some disruption as our circadian rhythms are disturbed, so read here for helpful  strategies to help minimize the impact.

We are eager to celebrate our 4th annual World Bipolar Day on March 30th. Join our celebration by creating your message of successful living with a bipolar condition and share it with us!  Read below for details on how to participate in this educational day on social media.

Warm wishes,
Susan Berger


World Bipolar Day 2017
#MyBipolarFuelsMyPassion4
Participate now in our 4th Annual World Bipolar Day Campaign!
The goal of this campaign is 
to bring awareness to and support successful living with bipolar conditions. Submit your picture or video now to be featured on our social media throughout World Bipolar Day by following instructions via the button below and join individuals from around the world! 
Sign Up For Our Next Live Webinar!
April 5th, 2017 10 - 11 am (PST)

Dr. S. Nassir Ghaemi will present an update on antidepressant medication use in treating bipolar conditions. More details coming soon!


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Watch our February Webinar!

Long time married couple, Ron and Beka Owens share their story of what works, and what doesn't work when one partner has bipolar disorder.

Tell us what you think! After you've watched the webinar, please take our  follow-up survey.
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In this webinar, Dr. Sanjay Mathew reviews the history of ketamine for the treatment of serious depressive disorders and other similar treatments in development. 

Tell us what you think! After you've watched the webinar, please take our  follow-up survey.

The information contained in or made available through this webinar cannot replace or substitute for the services of trained professionals in the medical field. We do not recommend any specific treatment, drug, food or supplement. International Bipolar Foundation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or received from International Bipolar Foundation.
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Watch Paul and Kay's inspiring presentation at IBPF's Touched With Fire Luncheon!


Video recording of Paul Dalio and Kay Redfield Jamison speaking at IBPF's First Annual New York City Luncheon: Touched with Fire

Program:

Paul Dalio tells the story of his first experience of mania, and how his experiences with bipolar lead to the development of his film,Touched with Fire. Through sharing his story, Paul illustrates the important need for a change in how we, as a society, discuss mental health. 




Kay Redfield Jamison, PH.D. shares a message of hope, courage and character. She is the author of several books, including An Unquiet Mind and Touched With Fire, and co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar illness. 
Featured Blogs
 
How can mood stabilizing drugs alter the changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder? 

Each month, an expert from our Scientific Advisory Board will answer your questions about bipolar disorder research and treatment. 

This month's expert:   Trevor Young M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, FCAHS

Question: How can mood stabilizing drugs alter the changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder? 

Answer: There are many different treatments for bipolar disorder but no one has figured out what is common between them to account for their mood stabilizing effects. A number of labs including ours have focused on targets inside the cell to explain how the drug works. Among these targets, factors involved in cell growth and protection and the brain's antioxidant system stand out as the most important. These experiments point to the ability of treatment to prevent potential cell loss and damage that occurs particularly after multiple mood episodes. This suggests that early intervention and prevention against more mood symptoms is a good choice for most people with bipolar disorder.

About Dr. Young: Dr. Young is a clinician-scientist who studies the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, held more than 35 peer-reviewed grants and supervised more than 30 research and clinical trainees. Dean Young and his lab focused on the processes that lead to long-term changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder, and how mood-stabilizing drugs can alter those changes. Read more about Dr. Young  here
PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY FOR PARENTS OF YOUTH WITH MOOD CHALLENGES  (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Description: HELP FOR PARENTS: MOOD MANAGEMENT & MINDFULNESS COURSE FOR PARENTS OF YOUTH (ages 7-17) WITH MOOD CHALLENGES, CONDUCTED AT UCLA. 
Does your child feel sad or hopeless? Do you feel challenged by your child's behavior and needs? IF SO, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY OF A SUPPORTIVE INTERVENTION FOR PARENTS OF YOUTH WITH MOOD CHALLENGES. 

Study Involves: 
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8 weekly groups plus one check-in session in month 3, provided at no cost 
* One pre-group and two post-group research evaluations
* Participants will receive monetary compensation and free parking passes for research evaluations 
* Diagnostic evaluation for your child or teen, provided at no cost to participants (optional) 

Group provides: 
* Information about youth mood problems and ways to cope with mood swings and difficult behaviors 
* Instruction in mindfulness and meditation to help with parenting stress  

Location: 
UCLA Semel Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For more information, please contact Danielle Denenny, Mindfulness Study Site Supervisor (310) 825-8740 or ddenenny@mednet.ucla.edu. All calls are confidential. Calling to inquire about the study does not obligate you to participate. 

Dr. Heaton's Message Of Hope

My only brother received a gift two days after his birthday, and ten days before Christmas. It was a gift that every person who suffers from mental illness wants.He carried a cross throughout his life called bipolar disorder. Many people - including me, our mother, his physicians, and his loving wife - tried to help him bear his cross. But he was a very proud man who tried to show everyone that he could carry it himself.As he aged, he began losing his strength to carry on. He was courageous and...

Read the rest  here




  What I Wish Family & Friends Knew About Bipolar
  Unless you have walked a mile in my shoes, there's no way you will ever be able to understand what it's like to have bipolar.
Mental Health Books


Hortensia and the Magical Brain by Julie A. Fast and Kaytie Spellman

Searching for Normal  by Karen Meadows


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About International Bipolar Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission  is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education. 

International Bipolar Foundation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or received from International Bipolar Foundation.

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