Recent Meeting Topics

AUGUST 11, 2021 - 16 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DEPRESSION:Fighting a Depression episode and suppressing Depression
DEPRESSION:How do you motivate somebody feeling down
DEPRESSION:Being depressed on your Birthday
MAINIA:Mania
DIAGNOIS:Recognizing depression in BiPolar younger students
COPING STRATEGIES:Balancing yourself care
FAMILY ISSUES:How to explain BiPolar Disorder to your family?
MEDICATIONS:What happens when you are out of meds?
DIAGNOSIS:Having multiple Diagnosis



AUGUST 4, 2021 - 14 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep Hygiene
DEPRESSION:How to help a depressed friend
DIAGNOSIS:Having multiple Diagnosis
MEDICAL ISSUES:Symtoms that stump your psychiatrist and Therapist
RELATIONSHIPS:How to deal with pushy people
TREATMENT:Progress & Growth
FAMILY ISSUES:How to explain BiPolar Disorder to a partner
POSITIVE ISSUES:Remembering our Accomplishments



July 28, 2021 - 15 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:No word when we can resume meeting at St. Luke's Hospital
COPING STRATEGIES:Travelling by Air with Anxiety
EMOTIONIdentifying Emotion
MEDICAL ISSUES:Symtoms that stump your psychiatrist and Therapist
FAMILY ISSUES:Family Issues



July 21, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
BIPOLAR BEARS GROUP:Bruce's new email address: brucepurcell677@gmail.com
SLEEP ISSUES:Manic mood prohibits sleep
MANIA:Triggers for Mania
MANIA:Shopping when Manic
DIAGNOSISHaving multiple Diagnosis
FAMILY ISSUES:Managing relations with Family Members
MEDICATIONS:Medications
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Ways to break out of Depression
POSITIVE ISSUES:Sharing our successes of the Week



July 14, 2021 - 12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DEPRESSION ISSUES:DEPRESSION: Distractions at Work
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression vs. Anxiety: Which is worse?
COPING STRATEGIES:Being okay with being stable
POSITIVE ISSUES:Sharing recent successes
FINANCIAL ISSUES:Buying Life Insurance if you are BiPolar
WORK ISSUES:Getting a Job



July 7, 2021 - 12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Replacing unhealthy strategies with healthy ones
COPING STRATEGIES:Best ways to deal with old Trauma
COPING STRATEGIES:Forgiving yourself from using Alcohol
COPING STRATEGIES:Taking on too many Tasks
COPING STRATEGIES (OR NOT):Resentment
OTHER ISSUES:TRAVEL: Putting too much on your plate
WORK ISSUES:Going back to Work



June 30, 2021 - 12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
GRIEF ISSUES:Grief
MEDICATIONS:Are your meds really helping you?
RELATIONSHIPS:Putting yourself in a bad situation and self-sabotage
RELATIONSHIPS:Explain Mania to friends and Family
MANIA:What to do after Mania
RECOVERY:WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan



June 23, 2021 - 11 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
THERAPY:How to evaluate a Therapist
RELATIONSHIPS:Getting over past Relationships
RELATIONSHIPS:Suppressing what we go through
MOOD ISSUES:Coming out of Hypomania
FINANCIAL ISSUES:Managing your finances and asking for he



June 16, 2021 - 7 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
THERAPY:How do you know when it is time to stop
LONG TERM:Long Term Stability
LONG TERM:Long-Term Commitments
OTHER ISSUESLacking self Accountability
MEDICATIONS:Medications
COPING STRATEGIES:Importance of having a Schedule



June 9, 2021 -14 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COVID-19:Break-through Symptoms
OTHER ISSUES:Paranoia
OTHER ISSUESCBT and Anxiety
COPING STRATEGIES:Not over-thinking and catastrophzing
COPING STRATEGIES:How to deal with barriers
MEDICAL ISSUES:Long term meds and not drinking while on meds



June 2, 2021 -13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
SOCIAL SECURITY:Earning Limits
SOCIAL SECURITY:Ticket to Work vs. Freedom to Work
MEDICATIONS:Pharmacodia - Fear of Meds
COPING STRATEGIES:Making Big Decisions
FAMILY ISSUES:Being put in the middle of Family Issues you don't belong
FAMILY ISSUES:Withholding Information from Others
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Trauma from Psychosis
OTHER MEDICATIONS:Supplements



May 26, 2021 -12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MOOD ISSUES:"Trauma Drama"
MOOD ISSUES:Anxiety vs. Stress
OTHER MEDICATIONS:Supplements



May 19, 2021 -14 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:General Feelings of Dispair
MEDICATIONS:Lithium and Sleep
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety and Irritability
MOOD ISSUES:Blunted Affect
MOOD ISSUES:Frustration of High and Low Moods
MOOD ISSUES:When you feel better, you look Better



May 12, 2021 -11 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANGER MANAGEMENT:How to process Anger
WORK ISSUES:Self-employment
MEDICATIONS:Naturopathic medications for BiPolar
RELATIONSHIPS:When your fiance does not understand you are BiPolar
MANIA:Impulsivity



May 5, 2021 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:Phil is moving to Friendship Village in 90 days
MANIA:Manic Diseases
MANIA:Manic Spending
ISOLATION:Alone time
ISOLATION:Feeling Lonely
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression and Med changes



April 28, 2021 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MANIA:Hypomania
TREATMENT:Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
RESOURCES:Finding Resources
TRACKING MOOD:Tracking Mood
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Is losing interest in things a part of Depression?
ACCOUNTABILITY:Accountability
SUICIDAL IDEATIONS:Suicidal Ideations



April 21, 2021 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MEDICATIONS:Over-the-Counter supplements
WORK ISSUES:Job Security
THERAPY:IOP
COPING STRATEGIES: Setting myself up for Failure
FRIENDS & FAMILY ISSUES:Social Drinking
MEDICATIONS:Weight Gain due to Mood Stabilizers
COVID-19:Effects of COVID-19 vaccine and psych meds



April 14, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MEDICAL ISSUESDrinking sufficient water
WORK ISSUES:Disclosing you are Bi-Polar at Work
MEDICATIONS:Juggling medications
MEDICATIONS:Choosing not to take medications
THERAPY:When Psychiatrist and Psychologist disagree
FAMILY ISSUES:When family is not being Supportive
BEHAVIOR:Triggers
MEDICAL ISSUES:Using Marijuana



April 7, 2021 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANXIETY ISSUESEmotion coming out of nowhere
MANIAManic Behavior
TRACKING MOOD:Mood Trackers
FAMILY ISSUES:When Family is not being Supportive
SUPPORT GROUPSConsideration of Trauma Group Therapy
OTHER ISSUESCompulsive Night Eating
OTHER ISSUESGuilt
STRESS ISSUESDealing with Stress
WORK ISSUESLooking for a Job
RECOVERYRecovery
MEDICATIONS:Sbilify



March 17, 2021 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DERPRESSION:Overcoming Depression
OTHER ISSUESDisassociation
LEGAL ISSUESFMLA paperwork and when to File



March 24, 2021 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
RECOVERYRecovery
BEHAVIORGuilt
ANXIETY ISSUESCompulsive Night Easting
WORK ISSUESLooking for a Job
STRESS ISSUESDealing with Stress
SUICIDAL IDEATIONSDifferent types of suicidal Ideation



March 10, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DIAGNOSIS:EMDR
OTHER ISSUESBallet
OTHER ISSUESReframing Weight Loss
RELATIONSHIPS:Dependent Relationships
OTHER ISSUES:Avoiding Problems
RELATIONSHIPS:Parenting a Child with BiPolar Disorder
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression and Tears without a Reason



March 3, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
THERAPY:Finding a Good Therapist
OTHER ISSUES:Used Clothing Drive
OTHER ISSUES:Power Food
MEDICATIONS:Side Effects
INITIAL DIAGNOSIS:First Meeting
MEDICATIONS:Questions about Meds
MEDICATIONS:What doctors are doing
MEETINGS:How many Episodes per Year?
DIAGNOSIS:Being Undiagnosed for years- then What?
DIAGNOSIS:EMDR
MEMORY:No Memory is Bad
DIAGNOSIS:Explaining Diagnosis to family & Friends
MEMORY:No Memory is Bad



FEBRUARY 24, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Helping Others suffering from Depression
COPING STRATEGIES:Happiness vs. Contentment
TREATNENT:EMDR Therapy
REELATIONSHIPS:Dealing with People who don't like you
MEDICATIONS:Living with a Doctor who keeps changing your Meds
OTHER ISSUES:Having problems with your Landlord



FEBRUARY 17, 2021 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Feeling Sluggish and having low Energy
GOOD NEWS:Celebrating Victories
RECOVERY:Recovery
THERASPY:EMDR Therapy
THERASPY:Seeing a Chiropractor



FEBRUARY 10, 2021 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COVID-19:COVID 19 Vaccine
COPING STRATEGIES:Isolation
COPING STRATEGIES:Loneliness
COPING STRATEGIES:Setting expectations for yourself



FEBRUARY 3, 2021 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member lost 11 pounds
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:The effect of Mental Illness on physical illness
COVID-19:COVID 19 Vaccine
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping Skills for Anxiety
THERAPY:Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
FAMILY ISSUES:Helping Family members going through Depression
MEDICATIONS:Finding the right Medication or Treatment
OTC MEDICATIONS:Supplements



JANUARY 27, 2021 - 11 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2): Girl Scout Cookies; Thursday Social Group
SUPPORT GROUPS:End of Life Groups
SUPPORT GROUPS:Podcast Problems
COPING STRATEGIES:Let go of negativity
COPING STRATEGIES:A person is struggling, but not getting help
POSITIVE ISSUES:Have changes Positively affected you?
MEDICATIONS:Side Effects
MEDICATIONS:Finding the right Medication or Treatment
OTC MEDICATIONS:Supplements



JANUARY 20, 2021 - 15 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(2)
GRIEF ISSUES:Processing Grief
MEDICAL ISSUES:Does your Doctor Like You?
MEDICATIONS:Side Effects
MEDICATIONS:Finding the right Medication or Treatment
OTC MEDICATIONS:Supplements



JANUARY 14, 2021 - 14 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:(4)
ANXIETY ISSUES:Dealing with Worry a lot
OTC MEDICATIONS:Supplement for cognitive & Energy
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Neurological and BiPolar Disorders
RELATES DIAGNOSIS:Hypomania



JANUARY 7, 2021 - 5 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Let go of negativity
SERVICE ANIMALS:Assisting Animals
MEDICATIONS:Benzos
RELATES DIAGNOSIS:Hypomania



DECEMBER 30, 2020 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Lynn passed Away, Website current, Thursday Social
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Pain & BiPOlar Disorder
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:Emotional Reactions of Others
MEDICATIONS:Reducing the number of Medications
THERAPY:Questions to ask a new psychiatrist or Therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with BiPolar Disorder
COPING STRATEGIES:80% of Coping Skills is Distraction
ANXIETY ISSUES:Anxiety before flying
HOLIDAYS:How was your Christmas?
RBHA:Regional Behavioral Health Authority



DECEMBER 23, 2020 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Lynn passed Away
COPING STRATEGIES:Staying Positive over Christmas
COPING STRATEGIES:BiPolar Disorder isn't an excuse-- It's a Reason
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping Skills can be improved
MEDICATIONS:Prescription Abuse
OTHER MEDICATIONS:Naturalpathic Medication
OTHER MEDICATIONS:Cholesterol and sleep disturbance
FRIENDS ISSUES:Friendships



DECEMBER 16, 2020 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:One Announcement
COPING STRATEGIES:Low Energy Days
MEDICATIONS:Medication Side effects
MEDICATIONS:Side-effects: Hair falling out
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:Advanced Directive (AZ Secretary of State)
COVID-19:Who and When to take the COVID-19 Vaccine
DIET:Keto Diet
ACTIVITIES:Social Group meets Thursday at 7:00 on ZOOM



DECEMBER 9, 2020 - 11 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Two Announcements
BEHAVIOR:Learning to pause before you speak or react
COPING STRATEGIES:Maintaining a normal Behavior Mood
CRISIS SERVICES:Crisis services during COVID-19
COPING STRATEGIES:Normal range for ups and Downs
BEHAVIOR:Trama connected to BiPolar Disorder
GOVERNMENT ISSUES:Medicare
ANXIETY ISSUES:ANXIETY
OTHER MEDICATIONS:5-HDP Amino Acids for mood Stabilization
OTHER MEDICATIONS:CBT Oil with CO2 Precess



DECEMBER 3, 2020 - 12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Two Announcements
CRISIS SERVICES:Crisis services during COVID-19
COPING STRATEGIES:Overcoming Irrational Fears
TREATMENT: The Differences between BiPolar One and Two
TREATMENT:Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
MEDICATIONS:Uses for Methylene Blue
TOPICS:Group Check-in



NOVEMBER 25, 2020 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
BEHAVIOR:Suicidal ideations Holiday season with COVID-19
TREATMENT:EMDR
SLEEP ISSUES:Racing Thoughts in the middle of the Night
CRISIS RESPONSE NETWORK:How to apply for a job on the Warm Line
COPING STRATEGIES:Overcoming isolation during the COVID Pandemic



NOVEMBER 18, 2020 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COVID-19:Holiday season with COVID-19
COPING STRATEGIES:The feeling of Failure being BiPolar
HOLIDAYS9:Seasonal Episodes
COPING STRATEGIES:Catastrophizing
COPING STRATEGIES:Death: Life goes on



NOVEMBER 11, 2020 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COVID-19:Now in the Calm before the Storm
COVID-19:Keeping busy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
COPING STRATEGIES:I have to list 10 things I am Grateful for every week
RELATIONSHIPS:Avoiding relationships which are doomed
MEDICATIONS:"Medication actions are so fun!"
DEPEPRESSION:Becoming more Active helps
RECOMMENDATION::The Mindfullness Workbook for Depression"
RELATIONSHIPS:Contacting and dealing with your EX
RELATIONSHIPS:Getting along with you Supportive Other
RELATIONSHIPS:Dealling with disagreement in Relationships



NOVEMBER 4, 2020 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:80% of Coping Skills are distractions
MEDICATIONS:The Doctor changes my meds every 4-6 weeks
LONG TERM PRTOJECTIOBS:Sticking with Life Goals
ANXIETY ISSUES:Getting along with Supportive Other
OTHER DIAGNOSIS:Using a Mertronome in treatment for PTSD
COPING STRASGIES:Exercise
COPING STRASGIES:Chronic Migraine Headaches


OCTOBER 28, 2020 - 12 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Damage Control
BEHAVIOR:Stay away from disastrous Behavior
BEHAVIOR:Focus on what you can do
LONG TERM PRTOJECTIOBS:Sticking with Life Goals
RELATIONSHIPS:Communications
COPING STRATEGIES:List 10 items of Gratitudes each day


OCTOBER 21, 2020 - - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MEDICAL ISSUES:Losing weight on Meds and Diet
COPING STRATEGIES:Grief and Depression
DEPRESSION ISSUES:How to Push through Depression
DEPRESSION ISSUES:How to get out of the Low Moods
RELATIONSHIPS:How to be a good partner when you are BiPolar


OCTOBER 14, 2020 - 10 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Website Updated
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Girl Scout Prices
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member got married October 2
RECOVERY:Recovery from Hypomania
OTHER DIAGNOSIS:Anxiety
OTHER DIAGNOSIS:Constant Negative Thoughts
OTHER DIAGNOSIS:DID-- Alternate Personality Disorder
OTHER DIAGNOSIS:Dealing with Chronic Pain
ANNOUNMCEMENTS: A member is participating in a BiPolar Survey
COPING STRATIES:BiPolar people get more overwhelmed than others
TREATMENT:What Therapy Entails
TREATMENT:Recovery from medical Mania
OTHER PROGRAMS:Dog Anxiety: Try PALS
TREATMENT:Mindfullness
GRATITUDE LIST:Gratitude


OCTOBER 7, 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
OTHER ISSUES:Worry about Therapy
OTHER ISSUES:Grief with pets (gerbils)
COPING STRATIES:Grounding Techniques
COPING STRATIES:Coping with Anxiety
TREATMENT:What Therapy Entails
OTHER PROGRAMS:Dog Anxiety: Try PALS


September 30, 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
TREATMENT:Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
TREATMENT:EMDR
ANXIETY ISSUES:Social Anxiety
COPING STRATIES:Dealing with Hypomania Thoughts
COPING STRATIES:Thinking Things through
COPING STRATIES:Fatigue Level Coping with BiPolar Disorder
OTHER PROGRAMS:Nationalism Therapy


September 23, 2020 - 11 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
SUPPORT GROUPSBruce is looking to chair a check-in group for people affected from COVID19
COVID-19:People should follow Health Guidelines
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Halloween is on hold this year
OTHER PROGRAMS:Sleep Disorders
OTHER PROGRAMS:Techniques for better sleep
OTHER PROGRAMS:Look for White Noise on U-Tube
COVID-19:Success in spite of COVID-19
MEDICAL ISSUES:Being Pro-Active on Medical Care
COPING STRATIES:Need to be constantly active
COPING STRATIES:Thrive and Recovery
COPING STRATIES:Meditations Options: Try U-tube
COPING STRATIES:Being Successful with the Disorder
COPING STRATIES:Use Dry Marker on Bathroom mirror to post affirmations
OTHER PROGRAMS:Medical Marijuana
THERAPY:Finding a Therapist
STRESS ISSUES:Stress


September 16, 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
PHYSICAL HEALTHMemory Problems
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Website is Current
INTERNET SITES:New Group: Unspoken Survivors
POSITIVE ISSUES:BiPolar Disorder is Empowering
TREATMENT:988 is new Suicide Hotline
THERAPY:Terminating a Therapist
THERAPY:Finding Finding a Therapist during COVID19


September 9, 2020 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
WORK ISSUESAdjustment needed to go back to the Office full time
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with Impulses
BEHAVIOR:Doing Chores around the House
STRESS ISSUES:Dealing with Ext Stress
COPING STRATEGIES:Friends and Expectations
MEDICATION:Making Medication Decisions
SOCIAL SECURITY:A member received a letter Cutting her off. She will appeal.
MEDICATIONS:Physical Health meds vs. Homeopathic meds




September 2, 2020 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MEDICAL ISSUESA member has a new job at a Dispensatory
OTHER PROGRAMS:Good States for Mental Health
COPING STRATEGIES:Shopping Technology
OTHER PROGRAMS: Stigma and Prejudice
OTHER PROGRAMS:COPD - Fear of being Contagious
COPING STRATEGIES:A member is researching Stigma vs, Mental illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Words used on Mental Illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Stigma vs. BiPolar
COPING STRATEGIES:Being at home
WORK ISSUESReturning to Full Time Work
MOVID-19:Loneliness with Carona Virus
RELATIONSHIPS>Telling Others about your Illness 


August 26 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MEDICAL ISSUESNeurology vs. Bi-Polar
COPING STRATEGIES:Feelings due to meds or yourself
COPING STRATEGIES:Shopping Technology
COPING STRATEGIES:A member is researching Stigma vs. Mental illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Words used on Mental Illness
COPING STRATEGIES:Stigma vs. BiPolar
COPING STRATEGIES:Being at home
WORK ISSUESReturning to Full Time
COVID-19:Loneliness with Carona Virus
RELATIONSHIPSTelling Others about your Illness 


August 19 2020 - 13 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
MANIARecognizing Mania and Hypomania
WORK ISSUESBruce is now teaching full-time
COPING STRATEGIES:Being at Home
MEDICATIONS:Reducing Number of Meds
COPING STRATEGIES:Being Overwhelmed
MEDICATIONS:Taking Tegrital for the first time
MEDICATIONSNewer Anti-Psychotic newer anti-psych med: Rayler 


August 12 2020 - 8 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
WORK ISSUESReturning to Full Time
WORK ISSUESBruce is now teaching full-time
MEDICATIONS:Making Medications Decisions
COPING STRATEGIES:Holding Grudges
COPING STRATEGIES:Impulse control
STRESS ISSUES:Dealing with Extra Stress
COVID-19:Testing at Mesa Community Collage
MEDICATIONStd>New Mes: Kepamine 
COPING STRATEGISSOveracting on Fatigue


August 5 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Bruce Chair
THERAPYFinding a nerw Therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Mindness coping Skills
COPING STRATEGIES:Setting Goals
MANIA:Overcoming mania
MANIA:Signa of Hypomania
MANICHypomania 
WORK ISSUES:Working more Hours
WEB:Websites: BPhope.org


July 29 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Patsy/Bruce Chair
WORK ISSUES:Cover Letter and Resumes
CORONA VIRUSS:Coping with being home during the Corona Virus
MEDICATIOINS:Taking Supplements with Medications ç
MEDICAL ISSUES:Finding a new Psychiatrist
INTERNET:Finding access for kids
FAMILY ISSUES:Parenting


July 29 2020 - 9 participants - ZOOM - Patsy/Bruce Chair
SLEEP ISSUES:Long Sleep Cycles 
WORK ISSUES:Cover Letter and Resumes
CORONA VIRUSS:Coping with being home during the Corona Virus
MEDICATIOINS:Taking Supplements with Medications
COPING STRATEGIES:Plants around the house helps!
MEDICAL ISSUES:Finding a new Psychiatrist
INTERNET:Finding access for kids
FAMILY ISSUES:Parenting


July 22 2020 10- participants - ZOOM - Patsy/Bruce Chair
SERVICE ANIMALS:Ticks on Dogs
FAMILY ISSUES:Angry Family Members that blames you
COPING STRATEGIES:How to get social again
COPING STRATEGIES:Living with memories of the past
MEDICATIONSt:Weight Gain on meds
MEDICATIONS:Topomax
FAMILY ISSUES:Parenting


July 15, 2020 8- participants - ZOOM - Patsy Chair
MANIA:Hypomania
COPING STRATEGIES:Distraction
MANIAGrandiose and Flight of Ideas
ACTIVITIESActivities
ACTIVITIESPrioritizing Myself
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep
BEHAVIOR:Talkative Behavior
MEDICATIONSAnti-Anxiety and antidepressant meds
WORK ISSUESBurnout
OTHER ISSUES:BP Magazine available


July 8, 2020 - participants - ZOOM - Patsy Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Extreme Procrastination
INTERNET ISSUESInternet Addiction
MEDICATIONSStarting on Medications
OTHER ISSUES:Coffee and Caffeine


July `1, 2020 - participants - ZOOM -Patsy Chair
RELATIONSHIPS:Poor Relationships
OTHER ISSUESSuicidal ideations
WORK ISSUES:Fear of Work due to the Carona Virus
ACITIVITIESTravel and Camping


June 24, 2020 - 6 participants Video delay due to technical difficulties - Patsy Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:We will switch back to ZOOM for video Conferencing
MEDICATIONS:Zimbalta
OTHER ISSUESSuicidal ideations
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression
WORK ISSUESWork
MOOD ISSUES:Mania with Mixed Moods
OTHER ISSUES:Hyperallergic Foods


June 17, 2020 - 9 participants by Conference call - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:St Luke's will not be reopening its room to us until Sept. 1
MEDICATIONS:Titrating off Lithium
MOOD ISSUESMood experience during the past week
DEPRESSION ISSUES:Depression
MOOD ISSUESIndividual status reports
SLEEP ISSUES:Sleep


June 10,2012 Cancelled due to technical difficulties

June 3,2012 Cancelled due to technical difficulties

May 27, 2020 - 9 participants ZOOM Video - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:BP Magazine will be held until we are together
CORONA VIRUSS:How are you spending time restricted to home?
COPING STRAGIES:Looking at the Good side of people
COPING STRATEGIES:Experience with New Things
SUGGESTIONS:Checkout Alltrails.com for hiking trails in Arizona


May 20, 2020 - 12 participants ZOOM Video - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce & Kurt celebrated 19th Anniversary this week
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Judy & Bruce had an hour of Conversation. She sends her regards.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member summer job at the School for the Deaf starts soon
MEDICATIONS:Effexor
COPING STRATEGIES:Plans to make and distribute Affirmation cards
SUGGESTIONS:Checkout Alltrails.com for hiking trails in Arizona
SUGGESTIONS:Try shopping at American Discount Store at Alma School and Southern in Mesa
COPING STRATEGIES:Getting motivated when you are not motivated
COPING STRATEGIES:Past resentment


May 13, 2020 - 8 participants Conference Call - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Bruce's Medical Recovery doing well
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A member has a summer job at the School for the Deaf
MEDICATIONS:Effexor
MEDICAL ISSUES:Fear of Doctors
FAMILY ISSUES:Starting a Family
BEHAVIOR:Grief
COPING STRATEGIES:Isolation
TREATMENT:How much support are you getting from your clinic?


May 6, 2020 - 8 participants Conference Call - Bruce Chair
MEDICATIONS:Med Changes
CORONA VIRUS:Are more people having a Crisis since the Virus arrived?
CORONA VIRUS:Is it better to be sedated or high?
CORONA VIRUS:When taking meds it is hard to find stability
CORONA VIRUS:How will it work when Arizona opens more venues next week?
FAMILY ISSUES:Relationship with family Dog
FAMILY ISSUES:Neurology Evaluation
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping skills to help us try Calisthenics or walking the Dog


April 29, 2020 - 5 participants Conference Call - Phil Chair
ANNOUNEMENT:Phil's Hospitalization
ANNOUNEMENT:Next week we will begin Video Access
WORK ISSUES:Do you use Video Conferences at work?
WORK ISSUES:What is your experience with video conferencing?
RELATIONSHIPS:Working out problems with your spouse
FAMILY ISSUES:Children- even in 2nd Grade- can really describe the World and ask Questions


April 22, 2020 -11 participants Conference Call - Bruce Chair
ANNOUNEMENT:Phil is in the Hospital
CORONA VIRUS:How to stay Productive
CORONA VIRUS:Facing Fears
CORONA VIRUS:Critical People who are stepping up in the Crisis


April 15, 2020 - 10 participants Conference Call - Bruce Chair
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:PTSD
CORONA VIRUS:How Coping skills are working
CORONA VIRUS:How COVIC 19 is impacting Healthcare
CORONA VIRUS:What is Working
CORONA VIRUS:Getting motivated to do stuff around the House
CORONA VIRUS:Exercise


April 8, 2020 - 12 participants Conference Call - Phil Chair
CORONA VIRUS:What's Working
CORONA VIRUS:How Corona Virus is affect Crime
CORONA VIRUS:Getting motivated to do stuff around the House
CORONA VIRUS:Exercise


April 1, 2020 - 11 participants Conference Call - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:We will continue to meet every Wednesday at 7:00
CORONA VIRUS:What is your work status?
CORONA VIRUS:While you are staying home: What are you doing?
CORONA VIRUS:I am manic: Are others experience mood shifts?
CORONA VIRUS:Handling the Stress-- Overload?
CORONA VIRUS:Mental Health Stigma
CORONA VIRUS:Depression and Other stuff going on
CORONA VIRUS:People are going crazy staying at home
CORONA VIRUS:Facts about the Corona Virus and Social Distance
CORONA VIRUS:Stress and Immune System
CORONA VIRUS:Positive Issue: Teaching at Home
CORONA VIRUS:Lift an Uber drivers are stressed out
MEDICAL ISSUES:Doctor's Opinion on Pain


March 11, 2020 - 27 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:New Group
ANNOUNCEMENT:4/18 Pot Luck Steel Park
ANNOUNCEMENT:Yoga Group
ANNOUNCEMENT:A member has a new job
MEDICATIONS:Going off Aderal
MEDICAL ISSUES:Finding a new Psychiatrist
MEDICATIONS:Anxiety and Medications
COPING STRATEGIES:Adjusting to Changes
COPING STRATEGIES:Staying Productive
WORK ISSUES:Peer Support Specialist


March 4, 2020 - 12 participants - Bruce Chair >>
RELATIONSHIPS:Building better Relationships with People
COPING STRATEGIES:Dealing with Resources
RECOVERY:What it takes to want Recovery
MEDICATIONS:Side Effects
MEDICAL ISSUES:Asking your doctor if you have another Diagnosis
RELATIONSHIPS:When to let others In
OTHER ISSUES:Mental Illness in the Film Industry


February 26, 2020 - 21 participants - Phil Chair >>
ANNOUNCEMENT:Eating Support Group
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping with Less Ability
COPING STRATEGIES:Loneliness
COPING STRATEGIES:Travel Anxiety
OTHER ISSUES:Organizing your Space
PHYSICAL HEALTHHow to stay Healthy
WORK ISSUES:Asking for Accommodation
OTHER ISSUES:Emotional Exhaustion
OTHER ISSUES:CPD Oil
THERAPY:Finding a new Therapist
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping with Life Changes
MEDICATIONS:Psych Meds


February 19, 2020 - 20 participants - Phil Chair >>
ANNOUNCEMENT: Girl Scout Cookies
WORK ISSUES:Mood swings at Work
WORK ISSUES:How did you get your job?
MOOD ISSUES:Abrupt Mood Changes
OTHER ISSUES:Spavato Nasal Spray
BiPOLAR ISSUES:Sugar Addiction and BiPolar Disorder
MOOD ISSUES:Listening to your Emotions
COPING STRATEGIES:Coping with Life Changes
COPING STRATEGIES:Accepting Functional Impairment
MANIA:Making amends after Manic episode
MEOOD ISSUES:Respecting and fearing Moods
COPING STRATEGIES:Removing Toxic Pace
COPING STRATEGIES:Diet & Food


February 12, 2020 - 22 participants - Phil Chair
WORK ISSUES:Time off from Work
FAMILY ISSUES:Telling your family about your illness
WORK ISSUES:Telling your employer about your illness
MEDICATIONS:Prozac & Lamictal
MOOD ISSUES:Is it Laziness or Depression
SOCIAL SECURITY:SSDI & Work allowance
MANIA:Making amends after Manic episode
MEOOD ISSUES:Respecting and fearing Moods
COPING STRATEGIES:Removing Toxic Pace
COPING STRATEGIES:Diet & Food


February 5, 2020 - 20 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:Annual Report Complete and ready
ANNOUNCEMENT:WRAP Document Available
ANNOUNCEMENT:Mental Health Conference
MOOD ISSUES:Mini-Trauma
BiPOLAR ISSUES:Serious Mental Illness- Adapting
THERAPY:Suicidal Therapist
MEDICATIONS:Sleep Issues
MEDICATIONS:When meds stop workimg
COPING STRATEGIES:Maintaining a Routine
COPING STRATEGIES:Invisibility


January 29, 2020 - 19 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:Support Group for Eating Disorders
WORK ISSUES:Mental Illness and Work
STRESS ISSUES:Stress
COPING STRATEGIES:Realistic Goals, Ambitions and Dreams


January 22, 2020 - 21 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:Patsy says Hi
BiPOLAR ISSUES:Collateral Dammage of BiPolar Disorder
MOOD ISSUES:Anger
OTHER ISSUES:Food Cravings
OTHER ISSUES:Guilt
MEDICATIONS:Family Criticizing meds
MEDICATIONS:Medications
COPING STRATEGIES:Staying Happy and Healthy
MOOD ISSUES:Acceptance
MANIA:After Manic Situations


January 15, 2020 - 10 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:New medications sheet in Welcome packet
ANNOUNCEMENT:BP Magazine distribution
ANNOUNCEMENT:Sadie is in South Carolina
COPING STRATEGIES:Trauma
COPING STRATEGIES:Exercise
MOOD ISSUES:Surviving Mixed States
MOOD ISSUES:Stopping Mania
MOOD ISSUES:Apathetic mood
RELATIONSHIPS:Helping a Friend
RELATED DIAGNOSIS:PTSD stops You


January 8, 2020 - 10 participants - Phil Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Eating Disorders Support Group
COPING STRATEGIES:Forgiving Yourself
COPING STRATEGIES:Letting go
LEGAL ISSUES:Right to Work Laws
INSURANCE:Loss of Insurance


January 1, 2020 - 16 participants - Phil Chair
COPING STRATEGIES:Disability as am Aset
COPING STRATEGIES:Letting go of Grudges
COPING STRATEGIES:Recognizing Personal Achievement
COPING STRATEGIES:Trusting Yourself
FAMILY ISSUES:Family doesn't take me seriously
MEDICATIONS:Adjusting Medications
RELATIONSHIPSDealing with Difficult People
VICTORIESGratefullness


December 25, 2019 - 8 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENT:Totals for 2019: 1157
ANNOUNCEMENT:A new crisis cancelled phone
BEHAVIOR:Make eating a Priority
VICTORIES:Sharing Some Success
RELATED DIAGNOSISSeasonal Affective Disorder
VICTORIESGratefullness


December 18, 2019 - 18 participants - Phil Chair
ANNOUNCEMENTS:A close pet died
COPING STRATEGIESLoneliness
COPING STRATEGIESAging
COPING STRATEGIESForgiving Oneself
COPING STRATEGIESHealing
COPING STRATEGIESLiving with Mental Illness
THERAPYFinding time for Therapy
WORK ISSUESPressured for new job
RBHAResources available for SMI
BEHAVIORBiPolar Disorder as an ID


December 11, 2019 - 20 participants - Phil Chair
MEDICATIONSMeds for Controlled Substances
SOCIAL SECURITYSSDI and Works
COPING STRATEGIESAging with Mental Illness
COPING STRATEGIESJournalling
COPING STRATEGIESTaking care of self and Family
COPING STRATEGIESCoping g Skills
MEDICAL ISSUESManaging Psych. Issues with Physical Illness
BEHAVIORIs it Manic, Hypomanic or just happy


December 4, 2019 - 22 participants - Phil Chair
RBHA:Basic Information
BRBHA:Changing Clinics
BEHAVIOR:Letting Go
FAMILYHelping Consumers with Support
DEPRESSION:Coping with Depression
COPING STRATEGIESTaking care of Self and Family
COPING STRATEGIESDealing with Drastic Change
COPING STRATEGIESBalancing Exercise, Sleep and Alcohol
MEDICATIONS:Weight Gain
SUPPORT GROUPSStarting a new Support Group[