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Recent Changes May Affect Access to an Important Medication

Our team at NAMI remains focused on access to the best care, so we’re sharing information on changes to how the medication, clozapine, is prescribed and dispensed. Clozapine is an effective medication, and the only one that is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Clozapine also reduces the risk of suicide

By |2022-01-25T15:09:35-08:00December 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Learning to Identify and Self-Manage Mania

I first experienced mania during my sophomore year of college. My highs were mountaintop experiences filled with euphoria, drama, risky behavior, gambling, substance use and poor judgment calls. Mania is intoxicating and can feel like a force binding all your physicality into a cauldron of energy and creativity. During a manic episode, it can

By |2021-12-27T14:19:16-08:00December 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

What to Do When You Love Someone with Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world; in fact, 19.4 million people have at least one depressive episode each year. Accordingly, you likely know someone who lives with depression — maybe even someone who struggles with it daily. When that someone is your partner, and depression develops a presence in

By |2021-11-29T15:40:54-08:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Benefit of Support Groups When You Love Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

After navigating a close relationship with someone who lives with borderline personality disorder (BPD) — and meeting dozens of people navigating similar situations — I developed an interest in better understanding the disorder. To broaden my understanding, I read the existing literature about BPD, completed a NAMI Family Connections class and participated in a

By |2021-11-29T09:38:25-08:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Five Things to Say to a Loved One with Anxiety

Confession: I’m anxious. In what feels like a former lifetime, I taught psychology college courses and worked as a business consultant, trainer and coach. Given my mentoring roles (and my Ph.D. in psychology) it wasn’t uncommon for a student or training participant to pull me aside and admit that they were suffering from anxiety.

By |2021-11-29T09:24:09-08:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Learning How to Maintain Employment with Bipolar Disorder

Once again, I dusted off my outdated resume and began to write cover letters. Feeling cautiously optimistic, I applied to several companies listed on an employment site. As I returned to the job hunt, I was acutely aware that my moods could stop me from staying employed (again). However, this time, I decided to

By |2021-10-25T08:10:40-08:00October 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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