For some, August means another month of summertime fun. For others, school will soon be back in session with a new schedule to cope with. Here are some tips to help you get the kids out the door and to school on time:
  • Agree on the schedule
  • Get clothes, lunches and backpacks ready the night before
  • Get the kids to bed on time, and make sure you're getting enough sleep too!
  • Invest in alarm clocks to help everyone get up on time, play music
  • Keep breakfast simple, but healthy
  • Keep morning chores to a minimum
  • Keep an emergency kit in the car (barrettes, hair brush, power bar, few extra dollars to buy lunch, etc)
  • Don't forget time for snuggles, a kiss goodbye & an "I love you"
  • Realize that kids need your help moving through their new routine
Having a well thought out routine, will make this transition easier for you and your kids.

To your health,
Muffy Walker 
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This article explains why it can be harmful to casually use the word bipolar when describing objects that aren't working properly or are unpredictable. 
We also give you a list of words to use instead. 

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Racial And Ethnic Issues In Diagnosis And Treating Bipolar Disorder
Racial And Ethnic Issues In Diagnosis And Treating Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is often 
misdiagnosed, but among ethnic minorities, an early accurate diagnosis is more the exception then the rule. Some of the reasons for the under recognition are discussed in this webinar. These include a failure to recognize culturally related idioms of distress, bias of providers, failure to appreciate mood states in people of color, and the worsening of symptoms due to treatment delays. 

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Kathy Lutes currently works as the Director of Counseling for The Church at Rancho Bernardo. For 18 years she has been a passionate advocate for those living with a mental health diagnosis. Learn more here

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Psychosis is usually associated with mania, but can also happen during a depressive episode as Sally explains here.

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How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

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

This month's expert:  Eduard Vieta, M.D., Ph.D.

Question:  How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

Answer: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed using clinical criteria, based on a number of symptoms and their severity and duration. This means that there is no unequivocal objective way to confirm the diagnosis yet. However, if someone fulfills the criteria that are described in either the DSM-5 or the ICD-10 (the two systems that are used for that), the diagnosis is undoubtful and the potential benefit of treatment is very high. 

The problem is that quite many people have some of the symptoms but not all, and therefore do not qualify for the diagnosis despite having many of its features and consequences. The use of clinical criteria is still the best system until the ongoing research can provide ways of confirming the diagnosis which are not exclusively based on symptoms, as in other areas of medicine. If anyone has reasonable doubts on his/her diagnosis, it may be good to get a second opinion from another specialist.

About Dr. Vieta:  Eduard Vieta is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Barcelona and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Hospital Clinic, where he also leads the Bipolar Disorders Program in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  Read his full biography here

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Tuesday, August 23 at 6pm in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA.

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Learn about legal and financial planning resources including SSI, Medi-Cal, and Special Needs Trusts at our free lecture in San Diego on August 23. 

This event is designed for individuals living with a mental illness as well as caregivers.

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