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June 12th 2003 - June 14th 2003

By Zane Wilson - Founder SADAG

I was fortunate enough to attend the Int. Bipolar meeting in Pittsburgh. Last weekend and

Thought I would share one or two websites and observations with you. Two of the main advocacy groups involved there were, The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

There seems to be an incredibly heightened awareness of Childhood bipolar recognition and this Is one of the best sites I have ever seen. Martha Hellander the Executive Director has some wonderful articles for Parents to read at

www.bpkids.org

The American DBSA, after a very successful name change from the NDMDA, were really notable in their presence. The organisers not only asked Lydia Lewis the Executive Director of the Assn. to be the opening speaker but also to chair the closing Panel on International Advocacy. Their website www.dbsalliance.org Has a wealth of information on both Bipolar and depression.

America and the rest of the world’s psychiatrists are really working much closer with, And listening substantially more to the patients, and their needs in an effort To work in a truly collaborative treatment alliance.

It was also wonderful to hear our founding Chairman Prof Michael Berk, who is now based in Geelong, Melbourne, Australia, presenting.

We all remember Michael from being such an expert on medications, so It was very different to hear him talking about the many benefits shown By using psychotherapy in conjunction with medication and the additional Treatment advantages it offered the patient.

I also met, another patient, John McManamy, who produces a regular Depression and Bipolar Weekly Email letter. He is an ex financial journalist, who through his illness now spends his time 'deciphering' complicated Medical papers on depression and Bipolar into "layman's language". Please look on his site at

www.mcmanweb.com.

So much is being done around the world for patients with bipolar from investigation into relapse prevention, Advances in the pharmacological treatment, the course of bipolar disorder in pregnancy, Disparities in access To delivery of care and the successful use of CBT for Bipolar.

By looking at the three websites above I believe we can all come away with additional

Knowledge.

 

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