In: Self Help

Pets and Mental Health – Gina
July 21, 2017

As I write this article about pets and mental health, I sit next to my 4 year old dog, Rufus. I…

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Successful Job Hunting
July 14, 2017

A young man in the tech industry who worked with me for nearly a decade got me started thinking about the…

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Fall 2017 UCSF Bipolar Psychoeducation Group
June 30, 2017

The UCSF bipolar psychoeducational group starts on August 7, 2017. It runs for 8 weekly sessions, Mondays 12pm to 130pm. Most commercial insurance accepted….

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Ride the Tiger
June 29, 2017

Ride the Tiger is a wonderful PBS documentary that covers a lot of important information about bipolar in an entertaining and…

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Examine Your Fears
Examine Your Fears
June 20, 2017

Why would you want to examine your fears? Remember that part in the scary movie when the hero suggests going down…

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Exercise Solutions
Exercise Solutions to Roadblocks
June 20, 2017

I was inspired to write this post on exercise solutions by a wonderful article in BP Hope that not only talks…

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Tools for Change
Tools for Change
June 11, 2017

In my previous post I outlined the idea of “stages of change,” here I want to focus on some of the…

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Ready for Change
Ready for Change?
June 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Change The process of getting ready for change has been the focus of the research of James Prochaska…

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Nature and Wellbeing – Gina
June 5, 2017

Nature and Wellbeing Many patients I work with speak of the value that nature plays in their lives and I can…

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Radical Acceptance and Coping with Bipolar Disorder – Gina
May 24, 2017

What is radical acceptance? Radical acceptance is an approach named by Marsha Linehan, PhD who created Dialectical Behavior Therapy that is…

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12 Steps
May 21, 2017

There are a few people in my experience who are as impressive in maturity and integrity as those people we have worked…

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Shame and Guilt After Mania – Gina
May 10, 2017

Addressing Shame and Guilt After a Manic Episode I have witnessed the immense pain caused by the shame and guilt experienced…

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Boost Creativity by Walking
May 1, 2017

“How can I get my creativity back?” One of my patients, who has been wrestling with depression for quite a…

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Mood Trends
April 25, 2017

Mood trends are useful to track in order to prevent a full blown episode of depression, hypomania or mania. I…

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Sleep Apps and Wearable Devices
April 19, 2017

Many of the people I see complain of poor quality sleep, and a number of them have tired using various sleep…

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Early Intervention Can Prevent Episodes
April 14, 2017

Early intervention can prevent episodes of depression or hypomania or mania. This is not always the case but most of the…

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Mania Warning Signs in the Eyes – Gina
April 5, 2017

Recognizing Mania Warning Signs, Even in the Eyes Knowing and understanding warning signs of depression, hypomania and mania can be crucial…

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Pace Yourself for More Manageable Moods
April 3, 2017

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to pace yourself so that you can capture some of the…

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Hope and Self Efficacy – Gina
March 25, 2017

Believing you can create change in your life is the foundation for successfully making the change. Self efficacy is the sense that…

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Support for Depression – How to Get More
March 23, 2017

Many of the people I see feel that it’s very hard to get support for their depression. They may find it…

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