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CREST.BD Independence & Bipolar Disorder Slides

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A warm welcome to CREST.BD’s Bipolar Wellness Centre webinar series! These webinar slides provide a summary of current research evidence on the relationship between independence, bipolar disorder (BD) and quality of life (QoL), as well as pointing you to some tools and resources to help you establish independence in your life.

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CREST.BD Independence & Bipolar Disorder Slides

  1. 1. 1 CREST.BDBipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.
  2. 2. 2 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Independence
  3. 3. 3 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BDCREST.BD Featuring: Dr. Eric Youngstrom CREST.BD Member and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Independence
  4. 4. 4 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Defining independence Why independence is important to your QoL Independence and BD Tools and resources Webinar focus
  5. 5. 5 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Defining independence Independence - ‘freedom from outside support or control’1 Empowerment – ‘the process of taking control and responsibility for actions that maximize personal fulfillment’ • Similar to independence, empowerment includes self-reliance, participation in decisions, dignity, respect, belonging and contributing to a wider community 1 World Health Organization (2010). User empowerment in mental health: a statement by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.
  6. 6. 6 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Defining independence Independence usually requires some healthy dependencies on others! Knowing when you need to ask for help and effectively doing so can be empowering Often a fine balance; can take some trial and error to figure out
  7. 7. 7 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Why is independence important to QoL? The ability to independently choose, navigate or create environments that support wellness is core to mental health2 Being independent gives us the sense that we are able to influence our environments and life events Regardless of how much control we actually have in our lives, most important is the sense that we are capable of acting for ourselves and in our own best interests 2 Ryff CD & Keyes CLM (1995). The structure of psychological well-being revisited. Journal of personality and social psychology, 69(4): 719.
  8. 8. 8 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Independence and BD Little research specifically on independence and BD People with BD interviewed about their QoL described their struggles with establishing independence in terms of: • financial independence • independence within families • independence within healthcare system Michalak, E. E., Yatham, L. N., Kolesar, S., & Lam, R. W. (2006). BD and QoL: A patient-centered perspective. QoL Research, 15(1): 25-37.
  9. 9. 9 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Supporting independence in youth/adolescents with BD BD often first appears in adolescence and early adulthood, a time of life when people are often struggling to establish independence, even when they don’t live with mental health challenges Independence and BD
  10. 10. 10 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Social support and independence Foster relationships, including those with healthcare providers, that allow you to get the support you need without unnecessarily inhibiting your independence Find supporters: • you can speak freely to about your concerns • who give you a voice • you have a healthy partnership with Identify different supporters to help you with different parts of your life
  11. 11. 11 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Goal setting Envision the life you’d love to have (e.g., I value having my own space; living alone in my own apartment would be my ideal situation) Set a target goal to help you embrace this life vision (e.g., to move out of my parents’ home and into my own place within a year) Set some smaller goals to help you reach your target goal • describe these in detail – good goals are specific and clearly defined • set some goals that you can act on now! (e.g., save 10% of my income for future deposit and 3-month rent cushion)
  12. 12. 12 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Challenges to working on goals Common challenges: • Being afraid of failure if goals are not achieved • Depression, fatigue or stalling Workarounds: • Treat your challenges as an experiment • Watch out for false assumptions about what may occur if you try but fail
  13. 13. 13 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Challenges to working on goals Workarounds: • Create a goal hierarchy ❒❒ list all your goals from easiest to hardest and work on one or two of the easiest first ❒❒ after your easy goals have been achieved, move on to a harder one • Praise yourself for your accomplishments! • Keep track of your successes
  14. 14. 14 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Tools and Resources
  15. 15. 15 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD SMART criteria. (n.d.). Retrieved Jan 13, 2015 from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria#cite_note- Siegert-12 Setting reasonable goals (SMART) • S - Specific [what, how, where, when] • M- Measurable [how will I know when it’s achieved?] • A - Acceptable [will I feel good about this?] • R - Realistic [can I do this?] • T - Time-limited [when will this be achieved?] Taking Action: Just Do It! Assessing Your Progress Goal setting
  16. 16. 16 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Resources 1. The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide (2nd Ed) - Dr. David J. Miklowitz 2. Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bipolar But Were Too Freaked Out To Ask” - Hilary Smith 3. On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens With ADHD/LD - Theresa Maitland
  17. 17. 17 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD For more information and resources, visit our Bipolar Wellness Center at: http://www.bdwellness.com/ To assess your quality of life, visit our QoL tool at: http://www.bdqol.com/
  18. 18. 18 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Acknowledgments

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