So What's With Bipolar Illness, Work and School?
Myths abound about those of us who have bipolar disorder and want to work or go to school. In my volunteer work with people with depression and bipolar disorder, I see untruths perpetuated throughout our society. The myths make me mad! htm pdf

Resiliency in the Work Place. Resiliency is a buzz-word in the mental health community. Did you know it is an important ingredient for the workplace as well as for individuals? Resiliency allows us to respond to the challenges of life in our homes, families, and communities, including the workplace! htm pdf


We are also pleased to make available the articles Dr. Mountain has written for ISBD Global, the newsletter of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). For the many people who are thinking about starting their own recovery group, these articles will give you proven protocols for its long term success.

1. Support and Active Problem Solving: Keys to a Successful Recovery Group. A peer recovery group focuses on support and active problem solving within a safe environment. Recovery models are built on a foundation of mutual support. Active problem solvingamong peers adds the bricks and mortar to recovery-focused models. The additional value of personal experience generates hope as recovery skills are modeled and taught. htm pdf

2. Peer/Community Groups: Effective Planning. How do group leaders insure that a group will be effective, remaining focused on essential values? What prevents a group from breaking down into a gripe session that occurs on a regular basis rather than a group focused on recovery? htm pdf

3. Practicing Hospitality in a Recovery Group. Merriam Webster Online defines hospitable as given to generous and cordial reception of guests. Paying attention to issues of hospitality can result in a more effective group and a better experience for those who attend. htm pdf

4. The Benefits of a Healthy Recovery Group. In this rticle on recovery groups, we examine the benefits of healthy recovery groups. Recovery groups can have a major impact in helping a person live well with bipolar disorder. They provide opportunities for learning and for being part of a unique, supporting community. htm pdf

5. Respectful Language. An important step in developing a recovery-focused approach to bipolar disorder is to discover how the use of language affects individuals with bipolar disorder. htm pdf




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