I think one of the less talked about aspects of Bipolar Disorder is what happens when one is stable. I mean we hear lots about both the depression side and the mania/hypomania side. But ,what about life as a stable person? Some call it remission. No depression and no mania. Most people would think this is a non-issue. For the average person who doesn’t know BPD, and maybe even for some who do, it isn’t an issue.
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A native Boston, born 60 years ago, Deva Lipson is a bipolar survivor who has become a missionary against the twisted existence the disease can cause. She goes wherever in the county to talk to service clubs, schools, anyone with ears to loan about the disease that for years pinned her life like a beetle - how to understand it and how to survive it. She especially wants to help remove the stigma. Her teaching syllabus is her own life.
Dr. Haase is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and in private practice in psychiatry. She is a member of the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, which has been interested in the relationship between bipolar disorders and sexuality, and has been exploring the relationship between elevated mood states and romantic love.
Ross Szabo is an award winning speaker, author, consultant and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He was Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for 8 years and is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health.
Dr. Descartes Li is a Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. He is the co-Director of the UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Service as well as the Director of the UCSF Bipolar Program. His work involves teaching both UCSF Psychiatry residents as well as UCSF medical students. He has been in clinical practice since 1997 and also speaks Mandarin Chinese.