Depression and bipolar disorders are mental disorders, real physical illnesses that affect a person’s moods, thoughts, body, energy and emotions. Both disorders, especially bipolar disorder, tend to follow a cyclical course, meaning they have ups and downs. Nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Treatment for these illnesses can also have ups and downs. As much as we may want it to, wellness often does not happen overnight. It is normal to wish you could feel better faster or to worry that you will never feel better. However, know that you can feel better, and that ultimately you are in charge of your wellness. There are many things you can do to help yourself.
Talk to your health care provider (HCP) about what you need from treatment. Your HCP can provide the treatment(s) and/or medication(s) that work best for you. Along the way, you have a right to ask questions about the treatments you are getting and choose the treatments you want.
Depressive & Bipolar Disorders
A Crash Course
Not sleeping for days on end. Long periods of euphoria. Racing thoughts. Grandiose ideas. Mania. Depression. All of these are symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
Depression Video Library
The DBSA Depression Education Video Library addresses common questions and concerns that people living with depression and their loved ones often have. In each video, a peer shares their experience with issues such as relationships, suicidal thoughts, and depression in the workplace. For more information, contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at www.DBSAlliance.org or 1-800-826-3632. We’ve been there. We can help.
What is Wellness? How do I get There from Here?
Wellness involves your whole health—emotional and mental, as well as physical. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives several definitions for health, but the first entry says it all: “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit.” Research has shown us, time and again, that what’s going on emotionally affects us physically—and vice versa. Wellness involves taking care of your whole self – body, mind and spirit. In order to help with that, we have a number of resources available.
Helping You Get Better and Stay Better
People who come into the DBSA Resource Center for the first time are amazed at the amount of valuable information they find here, and the tremendous selection of books, videos, and DVDs that are available for loan. In addition to a terrific number of free publications, and the most recent titles on mood disorders and related topics, visitors will always find a friendly volunteer staff person on duty to talk to and who is most happy to help them find what they are looking for. Come see what we are continually adding on our shelves. It is worth the visit!
Library is temporarily closed due to pandemic.
Student Educational Program
Symptoms of mood disorders often start showing up in adolescents. Offered to local schools, the DBSA Colorado Springs “Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention Program” gives students an opportunity to hear teens and young adults talk first-hand about their symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder, and how early intervention and treatment have made a world of difference in their lives.
Brain Awareness Week
During the second week in March, DBSA Colorado Springs, a Dana Brain Week Outreach Partner-Member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (www.dana.org), sponsors a free lecture on various aspects of brain research and development as they relate to mood disorders. Presenters to date have included mental health professionals and neuroscientists.
National Depression Screening Day
Held during the first week in October, DBSA Colorado Springs joins numerous other mental health organizations and clinics across the country in sponsoring free depression screenings conducted by mental health professionals.