LBISD InternationalBipolarFoundation

Tuesday, November 21st


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Good morning and welcome to another edition of living better than San Diego public service presentation of the at a town San Diego radio stations and Gary Lee. The international bipolar foundation is your one stop shop for information about bipolar disorder 24 hours a day 365. Days a year. Much of what you need you'll find online everything from resource is to support. Joining us this morning is international bipolar foundation executive director Debbie brown welcome Debbie. Thanking Gary for having me on this morning this the first time that I am not addressing. Bipolar disorder. On this on I'm so glad that you hear this morning talk about this. This topic but let's start a little background information on the international bipolar foundation. Grade ten and national bipolar foundation was founded in 2007. Thanks for moms with children diagnosed with bipolar disorder and they found. That although they had access to care. Resource is simply were not available education. Information for her care give scene and family members as well. The Soviet international bipolar foundation more resource. A place for people to go for information yes we provide resources support. An education. To those living with bipolar and their loved ones as well. Okay now it now you are always known as the international bipolar foundation right. Correct initially we were the California. Bipolar foundation and to later we became the international. Bipolar foundation because our. Because we are an online organization. And for the most part in all of our programs are accessible globally. Through our website. We're able to reach. And people worldwide. And and where are you located your here's San Diego we are in San Diego we are an aero drive in San Diego now you're you're slogan. Is a world of hope resources. And support. What is the mission and or vision of the international bipolar foundation. Okay so our mission is to improve the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder. Through research and we promote its care and support. For those living with that it bipolar diagnosis and their caregivers. And we. Try to eradicate stigma. Through our programs in education token we're gonna talk a little bit about. The stigma that's associated with that bipolar disorder in a little bit. Because you are online. And you are global. Is there and waited to see how many people or tell how many people you are reaching each each day a year. Yes we we do reach through our website. Our educational programs. Near a million people a year will worldwide. And to our audience. And people we reach to our online educational series and via webinars lectures. On that are recorded archive on our website and our listen to live. We reach people and not owning United States that mainly Australia in the United Kingdom. And many other small countries in the world where they have very little access. To care education and treatments and you mentioned that debt. That you have you reach a lot of people in was in Australia. And the UK why is it that you meet so many people and those particular areas. So that the people that we reach in Australia in the United Kingdom and just tend to be very in tune with mental health issues. Those two countries specifically. They government is involved in. Sending out messages and I'm. Creating awareness of mental health in those countries now now you're not a doctor. But in layman terms. To the best of your ability can you explain. What bipolar disorder it is share. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder and it causes. Shifts in people's mood energy and ability to function on on a daily basis. How can this this is still something that we're we're learning about because it's just within I don't know the exact timeframe but is it. Seems like it's just we're hearing a lot more about bipolar disorder. And it bipolar disorder was previously named manic depression and it's and around for hundreds of years. But more recently because of the media and many celebrities. Having a diagnosis and actually coming out. There certainly is more awareness of the disorder. He had something that I think again that where we're hearing a lot more of these days now from one and stand about five and a half million American adults or about. Two and half percent of the population age eighteen and older. In any given year have bipolar disorder and it typically develops in late adolescence to young adults the right. Yes typically between the ages of eighteen and Tony five. But it can be earlier absolutely absolutely. End and it's it's often. Misdiagnosed isn't it it's not something that's that easy no no it can be very difficult to diagnose and at times it takes a two it can take up to ten years time to receive a correct diagnosis. As it just passed over as is just. And normal ups and downs of everyday life as it can be. Or. With bipolar conditions often come co occurring illnesses such as anxiety. I'm depression alone. I'm and so oftentimes. Between the varying states of bipolar disorder it's difficult to identify eggs. Yes the exact diagnosis. And how is it it. Seeing a psychiatrist. And it's diagnosed by a psychiatrist I professional. And and symptoms. So like I said. Earlier these symptoms of mania. For hypo mania which is an elevated mood where someone may be talking rapidly. Be very irritable irrational. There are many. Other symptoms associated with mania that those that the main and then certainly there is that depressive side. Where people are very sad and hopeless and oftentimes they spend. Extended periods. You know isolating themselves lonely. OK so mania and depression yet those factors are the main factors in determining or diagnosing. Bipolar disorder yes correct. And what course of action then do people take once they are diagnosed with what's the next step. So again. Seeing a professional. And typically. It's treated with medication. And psychotherapy. Combination of both and there are some other treatments available but but again that is all of determined by a the professional. And it's not something that you just treat any goes away I know that is correct. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. Have have researchers. Did they have a clue any idea as to what. Causes bipolar disorder. We're not are there many factors involved there are many factors and not the exact cause. You know they do know that it is hereditary. But now no exact cause so it is hereditary yes let's talk a little bit about you mentioned stigma that comes with a bipolar disorder. And stigma comes with with other. Diseases that I I have spoke with people about such as lung cancer stigma with that is it is it's smoking disease. What's what's the stigma associated bipolar disorder. So the stigma would be that. Unfortunately bipolar disorder has and part trade. Is and as the word we'd we'd we shy away from someone who is crazy. And and that's simply not the case. Like I said earlier there are times of difficulty. When feminists going through manic episode. Or depressive episode but there are treatments available and with those treatments. People are able to thrive and live very successful lives. Now that you have the international bipolar foundation has an interesting in the campaign to run right now tell us about that. Yes so we hold on to anti stigma campaigns a year and actually we've just completed. A weeklong campaign. In early October. And it's named the senior forward campaign campaign and it's. Similar to the and saying pay it forward. So we want people to say it forward and talk to others and educate others. About mental illness in general. And that it's not scary and that it can be treated and as I said earlier people can live successful lives and be. Productive community members. I'm so through these campaigns. We send messages it within our social media and ask people to share them throughout the world. To help people. Understand the illness. And not be afraid. And also. In educating an understanding that illness hopefully some people will. Be diagnosed earlier understand their symptoms and get help the help that they need earlier. Deficit does take a while as you said two to actually get good diagnosis. Yeah or for people to you to realize that there's something other than just. Again just basic ups and downs of of life. Absolutely absolutely another run the other campaign that we run on is a and that is that they were people. Who live with bipolar care for someone with bipolar consider. Pictures or videos. Share talking about the successes that they haven't life so that. They can normalize. The condition. For others and and let others know NC. And that. That they are productive can mean members so a lot of what you do it at the international bipolar foundation. Again not just. Resources and support but a lot of it is education and and raising awareness absolutely absolutely we have a number of programs. And one that is probably our largest program. We have a free book and it is called healthy living with bipolar disorder. And this book is online on her website. And it's also in hard copy. And it is distributed throughout the world and as I mentioned earlier does some of these small countries where. There's a lot of stigma and and oftentimes there. Our you know they're may be one to force psychiatrists for hundreds of thousands of people and some of these small countries they have very little access to treatment. And or education to even recognize that they may have on bipolar disorder. So this book is available like I said through our website. And we ship it around the world. So it's available in stores to it it's available on Amazon. For free as well as on her web site but not in stellar. Was that an actual stores correct okay and it is free it is street and another thing that you've got that your your running right now is here. High school essay contest what's that yes so are high school essay contest. Is. It contest. That. Makes. A high school person and think about bipolar disorder. And how it is. Treated how a person may be treated. How to inner act with someone with mental illness there is a prompt enough prompt changes each year. But we're trying to. Allow these young kids to not only. Recognize. Signs and symptoms and know more about that disorder but also. To be kind and have compassion for those that live with the mental illness to really understand their life journey. So this is something you do this every year every year there are three cash awards. Are members of our scientific advisory board as well as some of her on board members. Our judges. And two we typically receive. Three to 400. Participants. And two there's three cash awards at thousand dollars 500 NT fifty. For high school students that. We hoped they used to further their education. And and this is for high school students everywhere high school students throughout the world last year I'm whenever wonder winners. With frown on Indonesia. Again what do you what do you hope that that kids get at take away. What do you hope they get from from doing this this contest raid. So we we do hope that they understand more about the illness. So they're educated if it happened to see. A friend or family member. They can talk to them and address them and not be afraid. An and maybe themselves. As well. And to seek compassionate. To people. That are dealing with the mental health condition as this. Now on a go back just for a second on about the book that you have that I read a little bit about this online at two Websense it's it's. Broken down into three different sections can explain that little bit. Yes so with three different sections that we cover and it's a general overview of bipolar disorders so. What is bipolar disorder how it how is it treated. Those statistics on what windy you. When do people get bipolar disorder. And how to deal with pregnancy and bipolar disorder how to go to college with bipolar disorder. I am another section is how to live well taking your medicine and I'm going to therapy exercise seen. Getting into good sleep pattern and so forth and then the last section. And is a resource section. Which. Provide aids. Charts and logs. How to keep track of questions for your doctor had to make sure you take your medicine. Each and every day. And also track your physical activity and sleep patterns that senator. So as a great resource that. We think it's a great resource absolutely it and now know another thing you have on your website is you have AM. A page where people can share stories. Stories about their own lives and and advice is well. Yes it's a move. In terms of the stories we have. The stories of hope and recovery so. People. Write a story about it. Their journey. What they've experienced. In May be some tips. And what it's worked for them and and how they have managed their life in terms of relationships. Work. And so forth it's a great way. For people to express. And help others that are going through possibly the same. The symptoms am with bipolar disorder. And stories that you can share from. For people that you've encountered in in your time at the international Michael foundation. Sure it. There's a specific Tamarine. And that is then with international bipolar foundation for about three years since they've become very involved. There's a daughter. Two lives with bipolar disorder. And she is also become an ambassador of ours. Win their daughter was first diagnosed. They they live in the community and land where they had not never met anyone with a mental health diagnosis. So they feel very very alone. And they met international bipolar foundation and other resource fair and they started talking with us. And became involved into it and started volunteering. With us in the office. He and the now have a community. Of friends. And people that support them in our compassionate. And that is. Oftentimes that hey here is a big part of recovery. Is feeling and that sense of not being alone and that's for the person who is diagnosed. As well as their caregivers. To get a lot of them positive feedback. And that's what you're doing it that the foundation. Yes it's it's extremely rewarding and people are very thankful. To half of the community and have a place. Where they can end. Look to our 75. International bloggers on. Messages on a monthly basis we post and herbs excuse me published. Two blogs per week. Firmer 75 international bloggers. And they share everything about life and in living with bipolar disorder and as I mentioned before if your parent. Of the child with bipolar if you were. If you your parents. Live with bipolar disorder. If you're eighteen and you're dealing with relationships. Anything you can think of our bloggers cover. And these the sub subject matters and people can go to our web site. And read these blogs and at any time of the day. Tony for seven. Tell us about your mental health awareness patch program. Great and mental health awareness patch program. Plays initially. Organized for the Girl Scouts. The US today. But essentially it is open to all scouting organizations. Boys and girls clubs. As well as I am in Australia big girl guy aids. So the mental health awareness patches a program. That is directed toward. Five year olds all the way through teens. And it is an awareness program and teaches kids. About the brains about mental health disorders. How the brain works. And how how to react and how to interact with people who are living with mental health condition and its age appropriate. As I said it's started out with a girl Girl Scouts so it's daisy. Through cadets. We have distributed over 8000. Graduate patches onto this program. And it has been adopted by many scouting organizations throughout the world. So it's it's Canada and education programs and right absolutely education slash awareness yes absolutely absolutely. On the lowest level for the youngest kids. They learn what is the brain. I'm what is some of the functions of the brain how does have brain. Am hoping you describe your feelings and emotions. I'm so just kind of an introduction. Two brain health. Now you have a couple events. Coming up in the next over the next couple months. 1 of them is that you mentioned earlier that you do have you often have webinars and I'm one of these events is a webinar on teen depression that sent in December. Tell us about that one yes so. We actually have a webinar a week. And this December 13 and is one that is published on our site and they will address. The epidemic. Of teen depression. And schools but just in life in general. You know there are many factors that. Researchers have. Felt. Are part of that teen depression be social media etc. You can find out more about that at 9 o'clock on December 13 9 o'clock am Pacific time. We also have of the 2000 we Eric an official charity of the 2018. Carlsbad marathon. And this is a community event for us it's an awareness event. And it is also a fund raiser. Eight each year we participate in this marathon are we air invited as an official charity. And we have a stigma buster Reese team and you can either run or walk. And and help us raise funds. For our urbanization. And if viewed choose to run or walk on our team we also have a year long. On team training. And they meet once a week at different locations around ten either counting. And they walk and run and socialize together to train for this marathon and what's the date for the swan. The date is January 14 for the Smith. Okay yep you have information about marathon on the website we do you can go to our home page and if you look on our events calendar. Meal find that click on national tell you everything about it. Participating in the race and I also forgot to mention volunteering and we have a forty to fifty volunteers. At a Booth alongside the race it's a lot of fun. There's music. And we cheer on the Dan all the runners and especially our statement pastor team. I like that name what does the money. From an event like this this test me a lot to your organization the it would be the the official charity of this of this event where does the money from an event like this go is it earmarked for anything particular. So I am just to clarify we are one of I think fifteen charities. That are associated with the event. That yes that the money goes to our general fund which allows us to provide all of our programming for free. And we also how of other fundraisers. Which would be an annual gala or reception which we just held in September. And we also have a number of online campaigns. Giving Tuesday is coming up. If somebody wants to make a donation. Two to help you with here your mission can they do that in your website absolutely if you go to our homepage. And a website IB PS dot board. I you'll see that donate button and we wits we certainly appreciate any and all donations. Now aside from the marathon. And individual donations. Where else do you get your funding do you get grants. So we do apply for grants we're not government funded. Where mostly privately funded through our events fund raising events and and donations situation donations. From our website yes there can you mentioned volunteers that their volunteer opportunities. For this the marathon this coming up in January what what other volunteer opportunities do you offer. The international foundation through we offer volunteer opportunities in office. As well is. Internships for a local college and high school students. And the volunteers are. In our office and help us and support our programs so they can be tasks from. Stuffing envelopes in invitations for an upcoming event. Too I'm helping man our resource booths at local resource fairs and conferences. Two. Research Sheen. Speakers firm webinars and lectures so there's a number of opportunities in office. For volunteers and interns as well any special requirements. Or just the willingness to help. The willingness to help on in terms of arm our college interns and those programs are. Collaborated. With. College professors so typically therein. You know and psych major. Something into that sort of course we want people to be compassionate about mental illness. Any advice before we wrap up today any advice for someone listening who might need help. With bipolar disorder or someone who knows of someone. Who might have a. Absolutely and go to our website. Various the contact. And information all email and you can inquire. And we will answer you within 48 hours with resources that are available locally. In your neighborhood is European in another state and we will help you get the help that that you desire. And it and that they feel they they. Might have bipolar disorder. Kennard to go see the doctor either absolutely. Absolutely and we can help you find a doctor is well in their particular care and yes great. What is your website again I BP S got a word. Oh Pena on social media clearance social media line instead Graham FaceBook and Twitter. Deadly effects could be announced Saturday for all you do at the international bipolar foundation it's great. Great much needed service that you providing think he's so much for having. That includes another additional living veteran San Diego the opinions expressed on living veteran San Diego do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the staff management. 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