Recent Meeting Topics

July 3, 2019 - 27 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:New BiPolar Magazine out
COPING STRATEGIES:Taking Risks
COPING STRATEGIES:Avoiding Loud Noises
COPING STRATEGIES:Anxiety from Loud Noises
COPING STRATEGIES:Religion is Spirituality
COPING STRATEGIES:Maintaining Motivation
RBHA:Evaluation for Serious Mental Illness
SUPPORT GROUPS:Resources for Families
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Paranoia, Confusion and Delusions


June 26, 2019 - 30 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member just earned her BA
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is having a Baby
COPING STRATEGIES:Realizing you are Mentally Ill and Late
MEDICATIONS:As needed (PRN) meds
COPING STRATEGIES:Anger, Resentment and Anxiety
COPING STRATEGIES:Discovering Trauma
COPING STRATEGIES:Conflicting Coping Mechanisms
COPING STRATEGIES:Maintaining Motivation gaining energy
COPING STRATEGIES:How much Alcohol is too much
COPING STRATEGIES:Healthy Life Choices
GOVERNMENT:Medical Pot
WORK ISSUES:Approaching Management about your Mental Illness
MEDICAL ISSUES:Shingles Vaccine


June 19, 2019 - 32 participants - Bruce, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Goal Setting
COPING STRATEGIES:Acceptance
COPING STRATEGIES:Trauma
COPING STRATEGIES:Judgement from Trauma
COPING STRATEGIES:Fear and Paranoia
ANGER MANAGEMENT:Controlling Anger
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Extreme Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


June 12, 2019 - 25 participants - Bruce, Chair
GOVERENMENT:Family Medical Leave Act
MEDICAL ISSUES:Hospital Stay
MEDICAL ISSUES:Bad Doctor Advice
MEDICAL ISSUES:Bad Doctors
MEDICAL ISSUES:Doctors in Hospital don't believe you
MEDICATIONS:Don't Give up on Meds
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Coping with Grief
RELATIONSHIPS:Unhealthy Relationships
COPING STRATEGIES:Breathing Techniques


June 5, 2019 - 28 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Phil will be in Alaska 2 weeks in June
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Phil is 70 years old today
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce: It's Gay Pride Month!
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Procrastination is a Mental Health Problem
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Reframe Automatic Negative thoughts
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Intrusive Thoughts
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Perception Reality
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Restlessness & Attention Span
SLEEP ISSUES:Adjusting your Sleep Schedule


May 29. 2019 - 24 participants - Phil, Chair
MOOD ISSUES:Staying Positive
MOOD ISSUES:Surrounded with Positives: How it affects you
INTERNET SITES:Using the Internet for medical advice
MEDICAL ISSUES:Hospitalization for Depression
FAMILY ISSUES:Emotional Response vs. Weakness
BEHAVIOR:Negative Self-talk
BEHAVIOR:Isolation
THERAPY:Finding a new Therapist
FAMILY ISSUES:Not Overreacting to family issues
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Girlfriend Issues


May 22, 2019 - 31 participants - Phil, Chair
MEDICATIONS:Basics
MEDICATIONS:Deplin (Substitute for Folic Acid)
MEDICATIONS:Missing Meds
MANIA:General
MOOD ISSUES:Normal swings between Mania and Depression
WORK ISSUES:Career Depression
WORK ISSUES:Transport to/from Work
FAMILY ISSUES:Not Overreacting to family issues
FRIENDS & FAMILY:Girlfriend Issues


May 15, 2019 - 24 participants - Bruce, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:May is Mental Health Month
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce received his first Soc. Sec. Check
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce & Kurt had 18 year Anniversary
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Kristen Announced her Eating Disorder Group
ANNOUNCEMENTS: A member is moving in May
ANNOUNCEMENTS:3rd Child is graduating from High School
THERAPY:Therapist invited her to leave. Right?
MEDICAL ISSUES:Fear of Changing Psychatrists
OTHER ISSUES:Limitation of Exercise
MOOD ISSUES:Flat Mood
WORK ISSUES:Irritating job Interview
MEDICATIONS:Lamictal
ACTIVITIES:Change
FAMILY ISSUES:Problems with Daughter
MEDICATIONS:General
MOOD ISSUES:Impulse Control


May 8, 2019 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Website Current; No Thyroid cancer
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is engaged
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression Management
MANIA:Explanation of Mania
MEDICAL ISSUES:Nutrients depleted by Psych Issues
BEHAVIOR:Becoming an Adult
WORK ISSUES:Change of the Horizon with job Search
BEHAVIOR:Impulsivity
May 8, 2019 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Website Current; No Thyroid cancer
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is engaged
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression Management
MANIA:Explanation of Mania
MEDICAL ISSUES:Nutrients depleted by Psych Issues
BEHAVIOR:Becoming an Adult
WORK ISSUES:Change of the Horizon with job Search
BEHAVIOR:Impulsivity


May 1, 2019 - 18 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Kurt is on a Business Trip; Bruce Misses him
TREATMENT:Running out of Treatment Options
FAMILY & FRIENDS ISSUES:Talking to Family
MEDICAL ISSUES:Mistakes And Addictions
MEDICAL ISSUES:Shingles Vacine
MEDICAL ISSUES:Talking to a Non-Psych Doctor
MEDICATIONS:Busbar
COPING STRATEGIES:Recurring Memory Loss
WORK ISSUES:Telling Co-workers about your illness


April 24, 2019 - 20 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Eating Disorder Cards
TREATMENT:Dealing with Change of Meds AND Therapy
RELATED DIAGNOSES:Reverse Seasonal Effective Disorder
MEDICAL ISSUES:County Jail Medical Issues
ANXIETY ISSUES:Irrational Anxiety
MANIA:Channelling Mania into Productivity
COPING STRATEGIES:Going Forward
SLEEP ISSUES:Dreams


April 17, 2019 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is engaged
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is Proud of the crowd we are having
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Judy had Surgery
INSURANCE:Insurance Companies
LEGAL ISSUES:Reasons for Denial of BiPolar Disorder beyond Stigma
RELATIONSHIPS:Dealing with Excitement (Example: Couple back together)
MEDICAL ISSUES:The Hospital from Hell
COPING STRATEGIES:Flashbacks and PTSD
MOOD ISSUES:Upbeat vs. Manic Situations
SLEEP ISSUES:Rebound Effect on Sleep


April 10, 2019 - 20 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BP Magazine is ready for Distribution
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has found running a good exercise
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a new job teaching preschool
MOOD ISSUES:Mixed Episodes
ANXIETY ISSUES:Handling Anxiety
ANXIETY ISSUES:My Age of Anxiety
MEDICAL ISSUES:Now in-between Med Changes
COPING STRATEGIES:Patience


April 3, 2019 - 21 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is celebrating her 16th Anniversary
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is changing Clinics and Psychiatrists
COPING STRATEGIES:Awkward Situations
COPING STRATEGIES:Lazy/Busy or BiPolar Disorder Issue
WORK ISSUES:Disclosure to Employer
COPING STRATEGIES:Surrender
COPING STRATEGIES:Setbacks
SOCIAL SECURITY:SSDI & Earnings Limits
MEDICATIONS:Side Effects of Zoloft


March 27, 2019 - 19 participants - Phil, Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Triggers
MANIA:Hypomania
WORK ISSUES:Jobs
MOOD ISSUES:Recognizing our Mood
MEDICATIONS:How are medicines Found?


March 20, 2019 - 17 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is moving to Utah
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A members's vacation was great!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member found Commonality with Sister
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is transferring to Terros
COPING STRATEGIES:Confusing Symptoms with Illness
BASIC INFORMATION:Acceptance of Mental Health Disorder
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep Issues
RELATIONSHIPS:Forgiveness
RELATIONSHIPS:Setting Boundaries
TREATMENT:EMDR
MEDICATIONS:Caffeine
WORK ISSUES:Mania in the Workplace


March 13, 2019 - 22 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Lemons Available at Break
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art work used in Show
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Thanks for Girl Scout Cookie Purchases
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A zork and Selection with Depakote
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Cats on Prozac
ANXIETY ISSUES:Dealing with Anxiety
MOOD ISSUES:Mixed mood issues with heightened sex drive
MOOD ISSUES:Feeling Severely Stuck
COPING STRATEGIES:Anxiety about Travelling
BiPOLAR ISSUES:BiPolar Mixed State


March 6, 2019 - 23 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Lemons Available at Break
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a new Job
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A weighted Blanket Helps
MEDICATIONS:Chantix
MEDICATIONS:Ketamine
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety
BiPOLAR ISSUES:BiPolar with First Symptoms
BiPOLAR ISSUES:BiPolar Mixed State
DIAGNOSIS:Coping with the Diagnosis
RELATIONSHIPS:Forcing oneself into people
MEDICATIONS:finding sources for Medications
MEDICAL ISSUES:Finding a Psychiatrist
MEDICAL ISSUES:BiPolar and Testronine Levels


February 27, 2019 - 25 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Eating Disorder Group
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies Available
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is becoming a Girl Scout Leader
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Today is BiPolar Day
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Good Thoughts Poem
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has lost Weight
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a new Job
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A new Call Center is Opening
WORK ISSUES:Benefits
FAMILY ISSUES:Being a Parent
RELATIONSHIPS:Learning to Trust People with Financials
BEHAVIOR:Racing Thoughts
ANGER MANAGEMENT:Temper Tantrums
MANIA:Mania and Hypersexuality
ACTIVITIES:Program on HBO on Suicide


February 20, 2019 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Eating Disorder Group
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Mike 1 has moved to Denver
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a mew job
COPING STRATEGIES:Spirituality
COPING STRATEGIES:Helping Teens with their Mental Health
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Psychosis
ANGER MANAGEMENT:Anger
MANIA:Mania and Hypersexuality
RELATIONSHIPS:Trusting People
RELATIONSHIPSRelationships
MEDICATIONS:Serequal
MEDICATIONS:BiPolar 1 and Mixed Moods


February 13, 2019 - 29 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Annual Report Available
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies Available
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member is looking for Work
MEDICAL ISSUES:Physical Ills exacerbate Mental Health
COPING STRATEGIES:Being Social
COPING STRATEGIES:Obsessing on 1 Thought
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep Issues
SLEEP ISSUES:Scarry Thoughts upon Waking up
WORK ISSUES:Back at Work


February 6, 2019 - 32 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art Work recognized
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Kristin will chair the Eating Disorders Support Group
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member joined a Gym
COPING STRATEGIES:Embarrassments about Symptoms
COPING STRATEGIES:Motivation
MEDICATIONS:Benzoes
MEDICATIONS:Serequal
WORK ISSUES:Types of Jobs
MANIA:Recovering after Mania
TREATMENT:Dielectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
THERAPY:First Meeting with Therapist


January 30, 2019 - 26 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BiPolar Magazine is here
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Kristin has passed the Facilitators Training Program
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Annaplyposia
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member started a new Job (assembling Tasers)
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies are available
MANIA:Love and Mania
RELATIONSHIPS:Supporting a friend after a Loss
WORK ISSUES:Finding things to do when no longer working
COPING STRATEGIES:Life and Prolonged Episodes
COPING STRATEGIES:Healing through Literature
MEDICATIONS:Med Changes


January 23, 2019 - 25 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:All 2018 data entered into my Computer
COPING STRATEGIES:Learned Helplessness
COPING STRATEGIES:Continuing Education
COPING STRATEGIES:Obsessing about your Mental Health
RELATIONSHIPS:Rebuilding Relationships
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety in the Extreme
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression


January 17, 2019 - 36 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:No eating allowed in this room
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Art work Showing
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Cookies Coming soon
MEDICAL ISSUES:Physical Health Affects Mental Health
MEDICAL ISSUES:Thyroid Issues
SLEEP ISSUES:Oversleeping and Depression
RECOVERY:Ranking Recovery Issues
LEGAL ISSUES:Obtaining Life Insurance
LEGAL ISSUES:Medical Pot
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Loss of a Loved One
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Grief and Loss
SLEEP ISSUES:Managing Sleep


January 9, 2019 - 22 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member got the job!
MOOD ISSUESCuriosity about your own illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Mental Blackout
COPING STRATEGIES:Fiction Stories about BiPolar Disorder
COPING STRATEGIES:Trusting Instincts
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Motivation during Down Periods
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:FMLA Short Term Disability


January 2, 2019 - 22 participants - Phil, Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:December Website Updated
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce is starting teaching his first Peer Support Specialist Class
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member cut ties with Mother, Sister
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member just got out of the Hospital
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a job interview
COPING STRATEGIES:Disappointment
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping with Sudden Symptoms
COPING STRATEGIES:Psychotic Pain from Depression
COPING STRATEGIES:It's not just life; it's a chemical imbalance>
MEDICATIONS:Starting on Depakote
SLEEP ISSUES:Insomnia