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Writing Family Stories of Depression with Alexandra Styron, Video 3

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Friday, 11 October 2013

alexandra_styronNow you have written your family story of depression, exploring all of the memories and experiences associated with that unique past. You've even found a way to publish your story to reach a wider audience. The question becomes--should you let your employer know? Alexandra Styron addresses this question in the 3rd installment of our video series. Find out why she says "honesty is the best policy."


1 in 3 Teens with Bipolar Disorder Develop Substance Abuse Problems

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

girl_drinkingTeens with bipolar disorder face a number of challenges--misdiagnosis, impulsive behaviors, rapid mood changes, risk-taking. Now a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has shown that 1 in 3 teens with bipolar disorder will develop substance abuse problems.


Writing Family Stories of Depression with Alexandra Styron, Video 2

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Thursday, 03 October 2013

alexandra_styronHave you ever thought about telling your family story of depression or bipolar disorder, but didn't know where to start? In the 2nd installment of the series, Alexandra talks about whether or not there are rules to follow when writing your personal story. She also shares the most important thing that all new writers should do.


"In Case You Missed It!" News Headlines

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

healthy_foodDid you see the recent news that getting up, moving around, and eating a healthy diet all help mental health? And that men and women are equally likely to have depression?


Writing Family Stories of Depression with Alexandra Styron, Video 1

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

alexandra_styronHave you ever thought about telling your family story of depression or bipolar disorder, but didn't know where to start? Alexandra Styron, daughter of author William Styron (Sophie's Choice, 1979) is collaborating with Families for Depression Awareness on a how-to video series, explaining the steps to writing your family story of depression.


Social Worker Needed for Care Consultation Service

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Families for Depression Awareness is developing a new Care Consultation Service for families needing guidance to help a loved one. We're looking to engage an experienced social worker to help us set up the program. If you're interested in the position, download the job description. Stay tuned as we share more about this exciting new program!


This week is National Suicide Prevention Week

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

suicide_prevention_logoribbonIn observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, the staff at Families for Depression Awareness has compiled a short list of resources to help you become more comfortable getting help for yourself or helping someone else who is at risk for suicide.


FFDA Volunteers engage Boston University students in a conversation about depression & bipolar

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Friday, 06 September 2013

In late August, Families for Depression Awareness presented to two groups of Boston University first-year students who were taking part in a service-learning program. The students we worked with were learning about disabilities and public health issues. Four of our volunteer speakers facilitated the presentation. A little about each of them can be found beneath their photos.


Sending Your Teen With a Mood Disorder Back to School

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

high school studentsAcross the country, middle and high school students are preparing to enter the classroom again in the coming weeks. This time can be exciting for students looking forward to catching up with their friends and checking out their new classes. It can also mean a new load of triggers for teens with depression or bipolar; waking up early to get to school, staying up late to catch up on classwork, and extracurricular activities that take up a few hours each day can leave students feeling exhausted and stressed out. Below is a list of ways you can work with your teen and their school to ensure a smooth academic year.


What Parents Can Do to Safeguard Their New College Student's Mental Health

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

family at college

This time of year, college and university campuses around the country are being prepared for the start of the academic year. If you’ve got a teen with a mood disorder, college can seem like a scary prospect, especially if this is going to be their first year. Below is a list of things you can do to smooth the transition to college life.

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