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Study
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Defining study
Why study can be important to your QoL
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Defining study
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Why can study be important to QoL?
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Take charge of your self-care
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Make use of on-campus mental h...
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Find out about your study prog...
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Tools and Resources
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What You Can Do: The Four Ss of Bipolar Stability10
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CREST.BD Study & 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 study, bipolar disorder (BD) and quality of life (QoL), as well as pointing you to some tools and resources to help you flourish in your study life.

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CREST.BD Study & 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 Study
  3. 3. 3 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BDCREST.BD Featuring: Sara Lapsley CREST.BD Peer Researcher, Counsellor and Group Clinician, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, M.A. Candidate in Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia Study
  4. 4. 4 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Defining study Why study can be important to your QoL Study and BD How you can take action Webinar focus
  5. 5. 5 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Defining study Ranging from school through to post-secondary study activities, e.g., • online courses • college and university work • vocational schools and apprenticeships • full-time, part-time, supported study
  6. 6. 6 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Why can study be important to QoL? Study can: be personally valuable, building self-confidence, meaning, recovery lead to better employment opportunities provide social benefits open doors of opportunity
  7. 7. 7 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Study and BD 1 Lejeune, S.M.W. (2011). Special considerations in the treatment of college students with BD. Journal of American College Health, 59(7): 666-669. 2 Schoeyen, H.K., Birkenaes, A.B., Vaaler, A.E., et al. (2011). BD patients have similar levels of education but lower socioeconomic status than the general population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 129: 68-74. BD often first appears in young adulthood, when many enter post-secondary education1 Research on education and BD is thin Existing evidence yields mixed results Early onset of symptoms, rapid cycling or frequent depressive episodes (>4 year) related to greater challenges2
  8. 8. 8 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Study and BD 3 Knis-Matthews, L., Bokara, J., DeMeo, L., Lepore, N., & Mavus, L. (2007). The meaning of higher study for people diagnosed with a mental illness: Four students share their experiences. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 31(2): 107-114. 4 Demery R., Thirlaway, K., & Mercer, J. (2012). The experiences of university students with a mood disorder. Disability & Society, 27(4), 519-533. BD symptoms and episodes can place a heavy toll on ability to study and complete coursework Even when mood is stable, people with BD can struggle with cognitive symptoms, which may affect ability to succeed at school3,4 Can include problems paying attention, remembering, processing information, solving problems, or planning
  9. 9. 9 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD A Risky Environment? College and university settings - an environment full of BD triggers: • staying up late studying • irregular routines • partying; exposure to substance use • “goal attainment” is a known trigger for mania5 Goal: healthy balance between study goals, habits and mood stability Study and BD 5 Johnson, S.L., Cueller, A., Ruggero, C. et al. (2008). Life events as predictors of mania and depression in BD I. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117: 268-277.
  10. 10. 10 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Take charge of your self-care Routine (e.g., sleep, study periods, diet, social activities, exercise) School-life balance Be cautious about substance use
  11. 11. 11 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Make use of on-campus mental healthcare providers Most schools have student health clinics to provide access to doctors, nurses and counselling Can help with: • stresses associated with being a student • academic accommodations • negotiations with professors or deans • life skills • medication decisions
  12. 12. 12 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Find out about your study program’s policies and services Research what your school can do for academic accommodations
  13. 13. 13 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Support groups can help you to: deal with the challenges of BD identify the onset of mood symptoms6 increase sense of belonging and connection with peers problem-solve with people in similar situations 6 Federman, R. (2011). Treatment of BD in the university student population. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 25: 24-38.
  14. 14. 14 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Address stigma BD stigma is a pernicious problem that occurs in educational environments Increasingly, campus administrators, educators and students are taking a proactive stance on discussing mental health issues and supporting students’ mental health Mental health awareness clubs Disclosure considerations: • Research about potential impacts of disclosure mixed • Some positive results include: more eligibility for services, increased social support and a sense of empowerment7, 8 7 Martin, J.M. (2010). Stigma and student mental health in higher study. Higher Study Research & Development, 29(3): 259-274. 8 Hyman, I. (2008). Self-Disclosure and its Impact on Individuals who Receive Mental Health Services. HHS Pub. No. (SMA)-08-4337 Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  15. 15. 15 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD How you can take action Stay connected! Connect with other students through study groups, organizations and clubs on campus Online campus community Students who are socially engaged have a better study experience than those who aren’t9 Build relationships with professors 9 Salzer, M. S. (2012). A comparative study of campus experiences of college students with mental illnesses versus a general college sample. Journal of American College Health, 60(1): 1-7.
  16. 16. 16 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Tools and Resources
  17. 17. 17 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD What You Can Do: The Four Ss of Bipolar Stability10 • Creating a structured life • Managing your stress • Getting good sleep • Learning to self-monitor 10 Federman, R., & Thomson, J. (2010). Facing bipolar: The young adult’s guide to dealing with BD. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. Resources
  18. 18. 18 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Resources Facing college: Making the grade with bipolar disorder http://www.bphope.com/Item.aspx/689/facing-college
  19. 19. 19 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Resources Designing Healthy Campus Communities http://www.healthycampuses.ca/
  20. 20. 20 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/
  21. 21. 21 Bipolar Wellness Center Webinars Connect. Learn. Engage.CREST.BD Acknowledgments

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