Recent Meeting Topics

November 21, 2018 - 15 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One of our Members is working for COMTRANS
COPING STRATEGIES:DBT: Radical Acceptance
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Alone
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Humiliation
WORK ISSUES:Problems with Relationships at Work
WORK ISSUES:Worries about "Loosing it" at Work
WORK ISSUES:Getting Health Insurance
WORK ISSUES:Finding a new Job
COPING STRATEGIES:Negative Experiences Affect your Health
ANXIETY ISSUES:Fear-based Anxiety
VICTORIES:Gratitude


November 14, 2018 - 17 participants - Bruce, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Trying to fix every Detail
COPING STRATEGIES:Keeping Calm during outside Issues
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Family Stress
COPING STRATEGIES:Taking Risks, but going Ahead
COPING STRATEGIES:Handling Big Changes
COPING STRATEGIES:Planning for a Busy Schedule
THERAPY:The Therapy Intake Process


November 7, 2018 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One of our Members now on Medicare!
COPING STRATEGIES:Getting more Active
COPING STRATEGIES:Being Overwhelmed
COPING STRATEGIES:Gut Health vs. Psych. Health
COPING STRATEGIES:Making Major Life Decisions
COPING STRATEGIES:Spirituality
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Spousal Support
MEDICATIONS:RisperiDONE
ANXIETY ISSUES:Fear-based Anxiety
VICTORIES:Giving Thanks after a Bad Year


October 31, 2018 - 10 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One of our Members is turning 65!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One of our Members may quit her job
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One of our Members walked out of work
THERAPY:First meeting with new Therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Using Coping Skills to get through the Day
COPING STRATEGIES:Managing Anxiety without Drugs
HOLIDAYS:Not being Triggered during the Holidays


October 24, 2018 - 16 participants - Phil, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Magnifying things too intensely
COPING STRATEGIES:Using Coping Skills to get through the Day
WORK ISSUES:Taking time off for recovery in a new Job
WORK ISSUES:Opening up at Work about your Illness
STRESS ISSUES:Number 1 trigger (Dad) in town
MOOD ISSUES:Mania and HypoManic Benavior
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:How not to drag Roommates into Depression
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Falling off the Depression Cliff


October 17, 2018 - 23 participants - Bruce, Chair
MOOD ISSUES:Apathy
STRESS ISSUES:Stress
MEDICATIONS:Weight Gain from taking Meds
MEDICATIONS:Valium
MEDICATIONS:Seriquil
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Family Triggers
SOCIAL SECURITY:Applying for Disability
COPING STRATEGIES:Fighting Isolation


October 10, 2018 - 23 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Magazine here; Website Updated
ANNOUNCEMENTS:This is Int'l Mental Heath Awareness Day
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for us
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art Class offered
BiPOLAR ISSUES:BiPolar Pain vs. Physical Pain
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety while Driving
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:Voc. Rehab.
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:Having a job while on AHCCCS
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Holiday travel to Family
COPING STRATEGIES:Driving
ANGER ISSUES:Anger issues with new Job
MEDICAL ISSUES:Confidentiality with Psychatrist


October 3, 2018 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:NAMI Family-to-Family has 100 on waitlist
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Kurt will be gone for a few weeks. He is teaching Art
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Looking for suggestions for toiletries for clients
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Flex-funds available at Clinics
MOOD ISSUES:Going in/out of manic and stress episodes
SLEEP ISSUES:Valium and Sleep Meds
COPING STRATEGIES:Mindfulness
COPING STRATEGIES:Mood-orientated Diet
COPING STRATEGIES:I want to go on an extended trip for several months
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during season change
GOVERNMENT:Ketamine
INTERNET SITES:Daylio Ap for charting moods (Get $4 upgrade)
POSITIVE ASPECTS:What are you Greatful for?




September 26, 2018 - 23 participants - Phil, Chair
MEDICATIONS:Taken off Anti-depressant Welbutrin
MEDICATIONS:Benzos
WORK ISSUES:Starting a new job
RBHA:Switching to a new Clinic
MANIA:Irritability as Manic feature
OTHER ISSUES:Self-care performance in the bedroom
OTHER ISSUES:Glutton-free Diet
RELATIONSHIPS:Dealing with well-meaning people


September 19, 2018 - 29 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Marriage plans
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Cookies at Break
WORK ISSUES:Anxiety about new job
COPING STRATEGIES:Surviving Suicidal thoughts
COPING STRATEGIES:Maladaptive Thoughts
COPING STRATEGIES:"Catastrophe-sizing"
POSITIVE ASPECTS:What are you glad for?
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Family doesn't know normal behavior
MOOD ISSUES:Mood Changes prior to Depressive cycle
GOVERNMENT:Medical Pot
GOVERNMENT:Guardianship
MANIA:Coming out of Mania


September 12, 2018 - 25 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce's picture was on the front page of paper
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Son did well in medical tests
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I have a job in short-term rentals
THERAPY:Changing expectations of Therapist
THERAPY:First time with new Therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Suicidal thoughts
COPING STRATEGIES:Connecting with Feelings
RELATIONSHIPS:Seeing boyfriends of old girlfriend
MOOD ISSUES:I have made a Flowchart of moods
MOOD ISSUES:Living without Mania and Depression
STRESS ISSUES:Over-stimulation and Stress
BASIC INFORMATION:Starting down the Road of BiPolar Disorder
RBHA:SMI Clinics


September 5, 2018 - 35 participants - Phil, Chair
GOVERNMENT:Durable Power of Attorney Workshop
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Helping Family members that won't seek Treatment
MANIA:BiPolar Mania
OTHER ISSUES:Book on Nutrition
OTHER ISSUES:Training a Support Animal
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Differentiating Depression
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression
WORK ISSUES:Taking up Work
RELATIONSHIPS:Making Friends
REBA:Serious Mentally Ill (SMI) Issues


August 29, 2018 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Durable Power of Attorney Workshop 9/5/18
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Topics Website now Current
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Assessment with Therapist
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is moving to California
BASIC INFORMATION:Understanding your Illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Feelings of Giving Up with the Disorder
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Insignificant
OTHER ISSUES:Taking a Vacation -- and enjoying it
RELATIONSHIPS:Making Friends


August 22, 2018 - 23 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Durable Power of Attorney Workshop 9/5/18
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I fired my Therapist; I have a new Therapist
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I have 2 years sobriety
COPING STRATEGIES:Crying Spells
COPING STRATEGIES:Loss & Grief in Losing a pet
TREATMENT:EMDR
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Borderline -- Wants Second Opinion
MOOD ISSUES:Concentration during Mixed Mood Periods
MEDICATIONS:Meds for Sleep
OTHER ISSUES:Adapting a sick dog from a friend who can't keep it
INTERNET SITES:White Noise Ap


August 15, 2018 - 20 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Meeting2018 website updated
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Still waiting on AZ Republic article
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Executive education; Member got new job
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Member needs help with Camera
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Member has room to rent
THERAPY:Is it time for a new therapist?
COPING STRATEGIES:Service Animals
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with Change
COPING STRATEGIES:Keeping Mental Health in order when people exercise more
COPING STRATEGIES:Stable but not progressing after Hospital stay
COPING STRATEGIES:Getting out of the Fog
COPING STRATEGIES:Hyperemotionality


August 8, 2018 - 17 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Check out BiPolar Discussion on Facebook!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:New Job!
MANIA:Problem solving while Manic
RBHA:I Switched Clinics
RBHA:My Clinic is overwelmed with Clients
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships - Intamacy
TREATMENT:Treatment with meds for Anger
WORK ISSUES:Work
COPING STRATEGIES:Anger
COPING STRATEGIES:Music Therapy


August 1, 2018 - 17 participants - Phil, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:What does Pain teach you?
COPING STRATEGIES:Overwhelming Behavioral & Physical Issues
COPING STRATEGIES:Recovering from Relapse or Treatment
COPING STRATEGIES:Handling Thoughts
RELATIONSHIPS:Breakups
TREATMENT:EMDR Therapy


July 25, 2018 - 22 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I got a new job!
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Family Relationships
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Young Adult Child
BEHAVIOR:Sucidial thoughts
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships
RBHA:Switching Clinics
MEDICAL ISSUES:EMDR Therapy
COPING STRATEGIES:Fear of Reentering Life
COPING STRATEGIES:Negative Imaagry
COPING STRATEGIES:Displacement


July 18, 2018 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Social Security Tax/Pension Payoff
ANNOUNCEMENTS:NAMI Walk; MHA Volunteers
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Becky will be gone due to new School year
BEHAVIOR:People believe you don't have symptoms when you talk
GOVERNMENT:Assisted Housing
COPING STRATEGIES:Not having Personal Time
COPING STRATEGIES:Helping to surface reality
WORK ISSUES:Stigma at Work-- Should I tell my boss?


July 11, 2018 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Magazine available
BEHAVIOR:Disproptional Responses vs. Behavior
BEHAVIOR:Disassociation
BEHAVIOR:Pacing Oneself
MOOD ISSUES:Delayed Happiness
MOOD ISSUES:Travel with a Mental Illness
MEDICAL ISSUES:Psychiatrist or Psychologist?
MEDICATIONS:Getting off Lamictal
MEDICATIONS:Mood Stabilizers
RBHA:New Clinic
BEHAVIOR:Getting Boared with Life


July 4, 2018 - 9 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Independance Day
SOCIETAL ISSUES:How are we potrayed in the Media?
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Frustration explaings Symptoms
RBHA:Advocating in your Clinic
BiPOLAR ISSUES:BiPolar Disorder and Travel
RELATIONSHIPS:Parting on a Bad Day
RELATIONSHIPS:Lonliness


June 27, 2018 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS: (3)
GOOD ISSUES:Upside of Mental Illness
FRIENDS & FAMILY:When BiPolar Disorder costs Friends & Family
WORK ISSUES:BiPolar people generally don't work
WORK ISSUES:Job
MEDICATIONS:When are Meds good enough?
MEDICAL ISSUES:Changing Therapists
RELATIONSHIPS:Isolation: how much is bad?


June 20, 2018 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS: I have a new therapist (2)
GOOD ISSUES:NEW! Share Good Stuff; Good side of Mania
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety
ANXIETY ISSUES:Physical affects of Anxiety
MOOD ISSUES:Wide Personality Changes in Mood
SLEEP ISSUES:Weird Sleep Schedules
MEDICATIONS:Medication Management
MEDICATIONS:Low Dose Lithium
MEDICAL ISSUES:Finding a new Therapist
RELATIONSHIPS:Isolation: how much is bad?
FRIENDS & FAMILY:When to tell your girl friend you have Manic swings


June 13, 2018 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS: (2) Website and Welcome packets updated; My birthday
MANIA:Do you need a mood swing to be Manic?
ANXIETY ISSUES: Fear of Communication
MEDICATIONS:Med to prevent Mania
STRESS ISSUES:Stress to the Max
GOVERNMENT:Disability Situation
FRIENDS & FAMILY:When to tell your girl friend you have Manic swings
RBHA:Second SMI Evaluation is not unusal
WORK ISSUES:Going back to Work after Disability
PANIC ATTACKS:Panic Attacks


June 6, 2018 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair tr>
ANNOUNCEMENTS: (2)
COPING STRATEGIES:Compassion Fatigue
MEDICATIONS:Side effects of Medications
SOCIAL SECURITY:Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
COPING STRATEGIES:Stress
COPING STRATEGIES:Rage, Delusions and Forgetfulness
DCEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression and Anxiety
AHCCCS:AHCCCS Insurance
INSURANCE:Short term Disability


May 30, 2018 - 19 participants - Bruce, Chair
MEDICATIONS:Prolaxin
MOOD ISSUES:Stuck in a Mood
DCEPRESSION ISSUES:Fatigue and Depression
MEDICAL ISSUES:Medication and Fatigue
MANIA:Late Night Mania
AHCCCS:AHCCCS Plans
RBHA:Serious Mental Illness
SOCITAL ISSUES:Mental Illness in our Country
WORK ISSUES:Looking for a Job


May 23, 2018 - 24 participants - Bruce, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Fear Controlling You
COPING STRATEGIES:Mindfullness
COPING STRATEGIES:Self-confidence
RBHA:Switching Clinics
MEDICAL ISSUES:ECT
MEDICATIONS:When meds don't Work
RFELATIONSHIPS:Relationships
MANIA:Mania
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Family Stress


May 16, 2018 - 30 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:17th Anniversary for Bruce & Kurt
ANNOUNCEMENTS:NAMI Family to Family Class
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I have a new therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Keeping Apathetic thoughts from escalating
COPING STRATEGIES:Mood Charts / Journalling
COPING STRATEGIES:Emotional Flatness
MAANIA:Things wrong-- all Manic caused
COPING STRATEGIES:Managing Fear
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Living with BiPolar people
WORK ISSUES:Guilt for not working


May 9, 2018 - 28 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
COPING STRATEGIES:Adjusting Goals
MAANIA:Coping with Manic Promiscuity
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Guilty (or not)
COPING STRATEGIES:Accepting Limitations
COPING STRATEGIES:Healthy Coping
COPING STRATEGIES:Setting Goals
MANIA:Feeling Hypomanic on meds
MANIA:Patience during Manic episodes
INTERNET SITES:Your website is Down
INTERNET SITES:U-Tube Elija Flowers
WORK ISSUES:Remembering the workforce


May 2, 2018 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Break Mental Health Month
ANNOUNCEMENTS:May 4 Westward Ho Art Show 411 Central
ANNOUNCEMENTS:College Scholarships
DFEPRESSION ISSUES:Dealing with Others' Depression
MAANIA:Manie
COPING STRATEGIES:Feeling Guilty (or not)
MANIA:Feeling Hypomanic on meds
MEDICAL ISSUES:Telling BiPolar people about ECT
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Supporting your spouse
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Emotional Support and when not to
COPING STRATEGIES:Starting a Freefall day feeling worthless


April 25, 2018 - 29 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:May 11 Ability 360
ANNOUNCEMENTS:May 4 Westward Ho Art Show
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2)
DFEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression Issues
THERAPY:Finding a Therapist
BEHAVIOR:Lethargy Regrets
BEHAVIOR:Getting Motivation to Restart
SLEEP ISSUES:Bad Dreams
COPING STRATEGIES:Worry
COPING STRATEGIES:Advocating for onesself
COPING STRATEGIES:Doing Important things you are not up to
INSURANCE:Private Health Insurance


April 18, 2018 - 25 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Annual Report
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Teacher Strike
BEHAVIOR:Loss of Control
DIAGNOSIS: Acceptance of Diagnosis
BEHAVIOR:Paranoia
BEHAVIOR:Getting Motivation to Restart
BEHAVIOR:Loss of Appetite because of meds
INTERNET SITES:mynextmove.org
MOOD ISSUES:Recovery from Mania
GOVERNMENT:Disability Benefits & BiPolar Disorder
COPING STRATEGIES:Motivation for normal tasks
SUPPORT GROUPS:Too much to share
BEHAVIOR:Out of Body Experience


April 11, 2018 - 31 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Magazine
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Annual Report
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I got a new Job
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Today is BiPolar Day
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2)
MEDICATIONS:Med Changes
MEDICATIONS:When Meds Work
COPING STRATEGIES:I'm tired of fighting
COPING STRATEGIES: Pets and BiPolar Disorder
RECOVERY:Slow Progress & Stagnation
WORK ISSUES:Employment and BiPolar Disorder
FAMILY & FRIENDS:Helping Too much or too little


April 4, 2018 - 35 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2)
BEHAVIOR:Exhaustion and BiPolar Disorder
BEHAVIOR:Safer Lifestyle
BEHAVIOR:Obsessive Behavior
BEHAVIOR:Letting Go of the Past and starting over
MEDICAL ISSUES:Side Effects
MOOD ISSUES:Settling Mania


March 28, 2018 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2)
MOOD ISSUES:Rapid Cycling
ANXIETY ISSUES:High Anxiety
MEDICAL ISSUES:Birth Control
WORK ISSUES:Trouble holding onto a Job
DIAGNOSIS:Being Diagnosed while still Functioning
MOOD ISSUES:Rapid Cycling
MEDICATIONS:Symptoms of BiPolar Disorder if meds are given
BEHAVIOR:Getting Motivated
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships when you are BiPolar


March 21, 2018 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Peer Recovery Coach
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Job Offer
WORK ISSUES:Employment Issues
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships with BiPolar People
BEHAVIOR:Using BiPolar Disorder as a crutch
DIAGNOSIS:Self Diagnosis
MEDICAL ISSUES:Traumatic Brain Injury and BiPolar Disorder
MEDICATIONS:Astonia
MEDICATIONS:Over the counter Medications


March 14, 2018 - 17 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Care for Dog
SOCIETAL ISSUES:Public Attitudes toward BiPolar Disorder
THERAPY:Therapy
BEHAVIOR:Low self-worth and self love
WORK ISSUES:Returning to Work
THERAPY:ACT Therapy
MOOD ISSUES:Coming to terms with Manic Behavior
MEDICATIONS:Weight gain with Medications
MEDICATIONS:Lithium


March 7, 2018 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:First Report for Annual Report is Done; 1002 visits
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Art Show May 1 at Westward Ho
MEDICATIONS:Lamictal
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Cutting off Family Contact
COPING STRATEGIES:Travel Anxiety
SOCIAL SECURITY:Shall I apply for SSI?
MEDICAL ISSUES:Conflict Diagnosis
MEDICAL ISSUES:Body Aches and Pains
BEHAVIOR:Self Esteem


February 28, 2018 - 29 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art show at ASU Westward Ho May 1
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Reading DNA for Health
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Achieved Grad School Degree
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Alcohol Consumption
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep
PANIC ATTACKS:Panic Attacks
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety
COPING STRATEGIES:Getting "Stuck"
BEHAVIOR:Impulsive Actions
STRESS ISSUES:Tools for Outside Stressors


February 21, 2018 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art show at ASU Westward Ho May 1
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Want to Hold Meeting on Disassociation
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Moving to Denver and Support Groups there
WORK ISSUES:Making a Career Decision
MEDICATIONS:Number of Meds
DEPRESSION:Depression with Normal People
MOOD ISSUES:Best new Mood
COPING STRATEGIES:Getting "Stuck"
COPING STRATEGIES:Disassociation
ANXIETY ISSUES:Doing everyday tasks to curb Anxiety
STRESS ISSUES:Techniques of Removing Stressors
MOOD ISSUES:Triggers for Manic Behavior
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Progressively worse Depression
MEDICAL ISSUES:ECT or TMS Treatment


February 14, 2018 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Valentine Candy
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Announcement of Marriage next year
RELATIONSHIPS:Death of someone your cared for
RELATIONSHIPS:How to stop Sabaitas Activities
DEPRESSION:Depression when caused by an Announcement
DEPRESSION:Degrees of Depression
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Degrees of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
MEDICATIONS:Testronodone and Mood
MOOD ISSUES:Irritability and BiPolar Disorder
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety
WORK ISSUES:Finding a Job
WORK ISSUES:Best Jobs for people with BiPolar Disorder
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships when both members are BiPolar
SLEEP ISSUES:Nightmares


February 7, 2018 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Website now current
MEDICAL ISSUES:Disturbing Side Effects
FAMILY ISSUES:Difficult Family Members
ADMINISTRATIVE:New Support Groups when you move
COPING STRATEGIES:Big Life Changes
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with Change
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships
RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships when both members are BiPolar
SLEEP ISSUES:Nightmares
MEDICATIONS: Typical (old) Drugs
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:PTSD
VICTORIES:Moving into Parents House
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Attention Deficit Disorder and Confusion
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Hypersensitivity to Light and Sound
BiPOLAR ISSUES:The BiPolar Lifestyle
BiPOLAR ISSUES:Mixed Episodes
INTERNET SITES:APP: White Noise Free


January 31, 2018 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:End of year 2017 webpage updated
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies available
RBHA:The clinic accused Kurt of lying for a complaint
WORK ISSUES:Finding a job you can do with BiPolar Disorder
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety Disorder
SLEEP ISSUES:Coping with Insomnia
LONG & SHORT PROJECTIONS:Setting Reasonable Expectations
MOOD ISSUES:Mania
HUMOR:Positive effects of Girl Scout Thin Mints
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Attention Deficit Disorder and Confusion
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Hypersensitivity to Light and Sound
BiPOLAR ISSUES:The BiPolar Lifestyle
BiPOLAR ISSUES:Mixed Episodes
INTERNET SITES:APP: White Noise Free


January 17, 2018 - 25 participants - Phil, Chair
FAMILY & FRIENDS ISSUES:Do Normal People get sick like BiPolar Disorder?
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with Loss
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with loss of person or pet
COPING STRATEGIES:Handling Stress or Change
COPING STRATEGIES:Being OK with Mental Illness
ACTIVITIES:Free Social Activities
MEDICATIONS:Drowsiness when on Psych. medication
ANXIETY ISSUES:Coping with Anxiety
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:PTSD


January 10, 2018 - 32 participants - Bruce, Chair
FAMILY & FRIENDS ISSUES:Advice about a Family Member
COPING STRATEGIES:Awareness Resources
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep
TREATMENT:Medical Marijuana
MEDICAL ISSUES:Selecting a Therapist
MEDICATIONS:Medication Changes
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:PTSD


January 3, 2018 - 20 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BP Magazine now available
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Diagnosis 2 years ago
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Personal Breakup
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression for Normal People
TREATMENT:Announcement of DBT
BEHAVIOR:Range of Emotions with BiPolar Disorder
BEHAVIOR:Fear
BEHAVIOR:Surviving Change
OTHER PROGRAMS:Volunteer Opportunities
HOLIDAYS:Holiday Insomnia
MOOD ISSUES:Mature Phase of BiPolar Disorder
POTPOURRI:Success


December 27, 2017 - 18 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I am enjoying being Santa
RELATIONSHIPS:Being social as a person with BiPolar Disorder
COPING STRATEGIES:Having Suicidal thoughts daily
COPING STRATEGIES:Deciding to live with not so great symptoms
BEHAVIOR:Expectations


December 20, 2017 - 16 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I am shopping for Treatment
WORK ISSUES:Changing Jobs
MOOD ISSUES:Concentration and BiPolar Disorder
TREATMENT:I am starting Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
TREATMENT:DBT: Radical Acceptance
MEDICATIONS:Welbutrin
BEHAVIOR:Focus
BEHAVIOR:Physical vs. Emotional Exhaustion
POTPOURRI:Victories


December 13, 2017 - 14 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(1) My phone and the Group phone is out of order -- Give it a week
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2) 27% of Mensa members have a Mood Disorder
HOLIDAYS:Holiday Blues
MEDICATIONS:Starting on Lithium
MEDICATIONS:Anti-Psychotics
ACTIVITIES:Read Ann Rand


December 6, 2017 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
MOOD ISSUES:Being able to recognize depression, but not mania
MEDICATIONS:Selling Meds -- Abuse hurts everyone
BEHAVIOR:Loneliness and Getting Out
WORK ISSUES:ADA in Canada
MOOD ISSUES:I am Manic but not listening
MEDICATIONS:Coming off Meds
COPING STRATEGIES:Someone is poisoning my cats


November 29, 2017 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:I quit smoking!
MOOD ISSUES:Lethargy and BiPolar Disorder
MEDICATIONS:Fish Oil
DEPRESSION ISSUES:BiPolar Depression and "normal" depression
WORK ISSUES:Obtaining Employment Accommodations
MEDICATIONS:Med change to prevent Suicide
HOLIDAYS:Holiday Overload


November 22, 2017 - 16 participants - Phil, Chair
ACTIVITIES:Advocacy
MOOD ISSUES:Recognizing your own mania
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:Section 8 Housing
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Spousal Support of your Mental Health
WORK ISSUES:Positivity in between jobs
OTHER PROGRAMS:Resources for people with BiPolar Disorder
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Getting depressed at times


November 15, 2017 - 22 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(1)Website Updated (2) Thinking of moving to Nebraska
MEDICAL ISSUES:Taking Meds to treat side effects
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety and Stress Management
MOOD ISSUES:Mood Fluctuation
COPING STRATEGIES:Skills for daily life
BEHAVIOR:Changing negative behavior


November 8, 2017 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(1)Bruce & Kurt's 3 year Anniversary (2) Thinking of moving to Nebraska
THERAPY:Looking for a good therapist
MEDICATIONS:Multi-vitamins
MEDICATIONS:Medical Pot
BEHAVIOR:Lonelines
MOOD ISSUES:Keeping self stable when partner is Depressed
THERAPY:Asking the right questions to a new Therapist
THERAPY:How frequently shall I visit a Therapist?
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Lack of support for Family
PHYSICAL HEALTH:Eating Healthy
STRESS ISSUES:Stress
BEHAVIOR:Preparing for a Major Life Change




November 1, 2017 - 15 participants - Phil, Chair
RELATIONSHIPS:Explaining your Illness
WORK ISSUES:Looking for a Job
THERAPY:Looking for a good Therapist
MOOD ISSUES:Accepting being BiPolar
BEHAVIOR:Self-motivating Behavior
MOOD ISSUES:Flat Mood
GOVERNMENT:Accessing AHCCCS
GOVERNMENT:Housing for the Mentally Ill
RELATIONSHIPS:Confrontation to Mania