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Racial and Ethnic Issues in Diagnosis and Treating Bipolar Disorder With Dr. Lawson

Increasingly bipolar disorder is being recognized as a severe mental illness that has short term consequences, long term consequences and a major source of disability. It is number one in suicide attempts, re-incarceration, and substance abuse comorbidity of major mental illness. Unfortunately it is only now being recognized as a major source of illness burden for people of color. It 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 will be discussed.

Lucky 13: The Bipolar Coach

Diagnosed bipolar as an adolescent, Paul experienced all the pain and suffering mental illness has to offer. Self-mutilation started at the age of 12. Drugs, alcohol and suicide attempts soon followed. After a decade of medications and mental hospitals with no success, Paul underwent electroconvulsive therapy starting at the age of 22. Before his 30th birthday he had received nearly 50 sessions of shock treatment. At 31, Paul stumbled upon a program called the Lucky 13 which is a program designed to help people with severe health challenges complete a half marathon.

“Intimate Partner and Family Relationships: Effective Communication Skills" with Jeff Zacharias

In this webinar, Jeff shares how to communicate healthily, and what to avoid to ensure productive and meaningful conversations.

Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC), Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP) with extensive clinical experience in both the mental health and addictions fields.

The Powerful Impact of Yoga and Meditation with Bianca Zable

Bianca is an integrative health and wellness educator, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and social change entrepreneur. She is Founder of Be Integrative Wellness, an integrative health and wellness firm, yoga instructor, somatic experiencing practitioner-in-training and social change entrepreneur. Bianca's intention is to be in service to the fullness of the human potential.

Effectively sharing bipolar disorder health information online: The CREST.BD Bipolar Wellness Centre experience

The Internet is a popular source of information amongst people with mood disorders. Research indicates that people with bipolar disorder (BD) are attracted to web-based delivery of self-management information – a cornerstone of effective healthcare. Whilst high-quality information on BD does exist on the Internet, there is a lack of research on how best to maximise patient engagement with credible websites once they have been developed.

The Five Faces of "Normal" with John McManamy

"Normal" is the most overlooked manifestation of bipolar disorder, according to award-winning author and expert patient, John McManamy. It’s not enough to assume that once people get their bipolar under control they can simply navigate their way back to normal. Especially if no one has any concept what normal is supposed to look like. On one hand, those with bipolar may operate within a much wider bandwidth of "up" and "down" than the rest of the population.

Suzy Favor Hamilton Luncheon

Suzy Favor Hamilton, United States Olympic Runner, Author of New York Times Best Seller "Fast Girl", and Mental Health Advocate, talks about her life today and the importance of sharing her journey.

Internet Gaming Disorder, a Virtual Addiction"

Regular video game play has rapidly escalated in recent years and has dramatically changed the landscape of childhood and adolescence. The average American youth spends over 5 1/2 hours per day interacting with screen media for entertainment and engages in extensive regular video game play. A significant body of scientific research reveals the effects of chronic video game play on parameters of psychological well being, including effects on academic achievement, sleep, and behavior.