I wasn’t sure if anyone would show up to hear my talk entitled An Overview of Bipolar Disorder.  One of my friends suggested I entitle it: Fifty Shades of Depression to get a better turnout.  But I saved my original title and still had about 75 people in the ballroom.

It was hard to offer an overview and have time for Q & A in the scope of an hour, but I did it.  The  requests for more information were impressive.  There was a sincere desire on the part of  many to better understand BD. Several people shared very painful family histories regarding family and/or friends who had suffered from BD and co-occurring disorders. There was also concern about the difficulties of finding adequate treatment. 

 The term anasognosia was new for many.  I recommended Xavier Amador’s book: I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help  (Vida Press, 2012) to  better understand that term.

If you are in a relationship with someone who is suffering from BD, you also might want to read Bonnie Rice’s book: Love Has its Ups and Downs on both amazon and smashwords. Thanks to all of you who read my blog!