The Complete How to Repair Your World Toolkit

A wise woman who has had more than her share of challenges and yet has overcome them with grace, intelligence and determination, Deborahmichelle Sanders, recently published a toolkit for people who are recovering from a serious mental illness. She has kindly offered to allow us to excerpt some portions of the toolkit for readers of this blog. I am so …

Bipolar Depression Webinar

Bipolar Depression with Dr. Peter Forster and Dr. Kelsey Schraufnagel Please join us for a Webinar on June 24th, 2015 at 9:00 am PT. For many people with bipolar, it is depression that is the source of most of their difficulties. Considerable controversy has surrounded to the question of how to treat bipolar depression. New medications offer the hope of …

Busy Time

Long time followers of this blog may have noticed a marked drop in the frequency of blog posts in the last couple of weeks.  I was away on vacation and that could partly explain the reduction, but the fact of the matter is that I have never been as busy in my practice as I am right now. Everyone who …

New Staff

I am pleased to welcome a young woman, Hershe Gesmundo to this site. She is going to be working with me on a number of administrative projects related to the site, and to the companion site for the Mood Disorders clinic that I run – Gateway Psychiatric Services. Hershe had this to say about herself – Hershe Gesmundo is a …

Thank You

Thank you all of my thoughtful readers, contributors, and people posting comments. I am truly grateful for your willingness to spend your time making this site a little bit better, a little bit more useful. I was reminded of how much I have to give thanks for by a wonderful post (in the member forum) by Kelsey Schraufnagel. Kelsey shared …

Bipolar Education Program

Doctors often do a poor job of educating their patients about their health problems. That is particularly troubling when you are talking about a condition as complicated as bipolar. We have been working on an educational program for this site based on the Barcelona psycho-education program for bipolar, to be called Bipolar 101. The Barcelona program has clearly been shown, …

New Forum

New Forum Ask and you shall receive. A couple of our favorite subscribers finally convinced us that the former forum (hosted by Bublaa.com) was inadequate. They wanted better ability to search for posts. They wanted a better “look and feel.” After all, the forum becomes a place where people who are facing the challenges of bipolar or depression can “hangout.” It needed …

Forum Progress

Forum progress has been made. Fingers crossed that it is all working now. Many thanks to our beta users and their feedback. As of now, if you clear the cache of your browser, you will no longer see a link to the Bublaa forum on the site. When you click on the “FORUM” heading on the main menu you will see …

New Forum is Coming

One of our long-time forum regulars posted a number of requests that I change the forum to make it easier to use.  As a result, in a moment of enthusiasm, I created a Buddy Press forum for this site. Quick background: our forum is currently hosted by a separate website, bublaa.com.  That site handles the registration of users and defines …

Controversy is Good

Controversy is good. We’ve been talking with several people this past week about blog posts that have evoked strong reactions from one reader or another.One of the things that we’ve said a number of times over the course of these various communication threads is that we like people to offer dissenting opinions on this site.The easiest way to do this is by …

Mindfulness and Bipolar

Mindfulness and Bipolar. I just posted a timely conversation with Bob, someone I have known for several years, about how integrating a mindfulness practice into your daily routine can help you live creatively with bipolar. I encourage you to read the article and post your comments. Have you had experience with a mindfulness practice? What has worked, and what has …

Many Voices

We’re very happy that there are now many more voices expressing themselves on this site. We have new authors who approach the issue of living creatively with moods from different perspectives: a professional woman with bi-polar, a psychologist expert in working with bi-polar individuals, another psychologist who is studying and fascinated by moods and their relationship to health and healthy …

Hello!

Hello! My name is Arnrow and I am very much excited to be the new summer intern at Gateway Psychiatric Services. I am an incoming junior pursuing psychology at the undergraduate level at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. My first encounter with psychology was almost completely accidental, having just taken a psychology class in high school to simply …

Summer Intern 2014: Arnrow

Long time readers of this blog will recall that last year we had a wonderful contributor, Emma, who helped enliven our forum as well as creating a number of posts on the blog itself.  She also set up the topics pages.  This summer we have another college intern, Arnrow, who will be helping in the same way that Emma did …

New Home – Redux

This past week, we spent another couple of days trying to figure out why the site was suddenly inaccessible for several long periods of time. Some of you may recall that we only recently moved to a new web hosting service and it was my expectation that this new service, with its dedicated server, would provide us with better responsiveness for the …

Stay Involved

Stay involved! We have been hosting a much more active forum these past couple of weeks. As I replied to some posts and read others, I realized that we have some members of the forum who have not participated in quite a while. I would like to try to ensure that the membership of the forum consists of people who are actively engaged …

Happy Birthday MoodSurfing

Time flies when you are having fun! It is hard to believe, but this site has been up and running for two years. And growing and evolving. Right now we have four active authors. We have a forum where people can receive support, get advice, give advice, and generally talk about the challenges faced when you try to “live creatively …

Welcome Lyndsey to the Site

I am very happy to welcome a new writer to the blog. Her name is Lyndsey, and I will be posting her first entry in a couple of hours. I think that you will find that she adds a unique perspective on what it takes to “live creatively with moods.” Here is what she wrote as an introduction – My …