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September 28, 2006

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Author: Fieve, Ronald R. The first book to focus on bipolar II, a milder form of manic depression affecting increasing numbers of adults.

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MENTAL HEALTH: A 12-week family education class, sponsored by the Charlotte chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, begins at the Central Steel Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 S. Tyron St. Classes are 6:30-9 p.m. and free to families of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive or other psychiatric disorders. Advance registration required. Details: Betty Cobb,

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Fast thinking, or "racing thoughts," is most commonly known as a symptom of the clinical psychiatric disorder of mania (and of the manic part of bipolar disorder or "manic-depression"). But, according to Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, most healthy people also have experienced racing thoughts at some point in time -- perhaps when they are excited about a new idea they have just

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On Oct. 1, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is hosting its second annual Schizophrenia and Bipolar Education Day conference to raise awareness of these two common yet serious psychiatric disorders.

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Fast thinking, or "racing thoughts," is most commonly known as a symptom of the clinical psychiatric disorder of mania (and of the manic part of bipolar disorder or "manic-depression"). But, according to Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, most healthy people also have experienced racing thoughts at some point in time -- perhaps when they are excited about a new idea they have just

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Book helps Gordon deal with manic depressesion
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A FORMER Boddam fisherman who has suffered with manic depression for the past 15 years has written a book detailing his life experiences. Gordon Morrison (43) of Fairweather Place, has found comfort writing stories and poems in the book 'Thi Lyfe an Tymes o an Enshoar Loon'.

EDITORIAL: Missing a Key Voice: County's Mental Health Forums Need to Include Consumers, Too.

From: The Fresno Bee | Date: September 27, 2006

Sep. 27--There was one missing speaker at the Fresno County Mental Health forum on restructuring.

A person living with mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia would have quickly told the audience what they needed to hear: It's the people, stupid.

Though the audience of clinicians, politicians, consumers, government officials, and nonprofit representatives were gathered to debate the burning issue of whether mental health should be two departments or one, the consensus message of all the experts on the panel ultimately seemed to be that was a question to answer later -- much later. It's the vision of the leadership and the people in the organization that matter most, not the organizational structure itself.

In simple terms, the skill of your surgeon is far more important than whether he practices in Fresno or Clovis.

Cloaking massive ineffectiveness under cover of "restructuring" or "reorganizing" often is Fresno's way of avoiding the tough work of creating a clear mission, and then recruiting and retaining the best talent available to carry that out.

Somehow, around here it's easier to fire or reassign people if you tell everybody things are just being been reorganized rather than to tell the truth, which is that the system is failing the people it should serve, and figure out a way to fix it.

Fortunately, on Monday the panel was stacked with truth-tellers:

Dr. Karen Kraus, coordinator of child and adolescent training for the University of California at San Francisco: "I like to think of myself as an optimist. But I'm from Alaska. What Alaskans value more than optimism is to say what's on your mind. What's very clear is that staff is demoralized, distracted and drained ... how can we expect undertrained, insufficiently supported line staff to implement new programs?"

Bruce Bronzan, founder of Triology Integrated Resources, which created a Web site listing services, advocacy and legislation updates for mental-health services, was once a Fresno County supervisor: The Fresno County system is a "mess on every level. It breaks my heart."

Dr. E. Jane Middleton, who chairs the social work department at California State University, Fresno, once helped a student with a thesis that focused on consumer satisfaction surveys. The results were clear: No one wanted to listen to what the consumers were saying. Is that happening here, too?

This forum could be a valuable beginning to improvements in Fresno County's troubled mental health system. We must listen.

"If we're not willing to look with clear eyes, we can't fix anything," said Francine Farber, with the League of Women Voters. "I think it's good to put it all on the table."

If this truly is "not the end of the conversation, but the beginning," as promised, we hope people with mental illness will be invited to the head table next time.

Copyright (c) 2006, The Fresno Bee, Calif.

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