Yuma DBSA Support Group provides the kind of caring environment and assistance that is important to lasting recovery.
The YUMA DBSA Support Group mission is:
to provide a safe and welcoming forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self discovery,
to give participants the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have "been there,"
to motivate participants to follow their treatment plans,
to help participants understand that mood disorders do not define who they are, and
to help participants rediscover their strengths and sense of humor
THE YUMA DBSA SUPPORT GROUP IS NOT
a 12 step program
therapy or a substitute for therapy,
a gathering for gossip or self pity
HOW TO RECOGNIZE DEPRESSION
Depression is not a character flaw or sign of personal weakness. You can't make yourself well by trying to "snap out of it" or "lighten up." And you can't catch it from someone else, although it can run in families. To understand what depression is, it's important to recognize the symptoms:
Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
Irritability, anger, agitation
Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
Unexplained aches and pains
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or hopelessness
Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
Excessive consumption of alcohol or use of chemical substances
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
If you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms interfere with work or family activities, contact your
doctor for a thorough examination. This includes a complete physical exam and a review of your family's history of illness. Do not try to diagnose yourself. Only a health care professional can determine if you have depression.
BIPOLAR: MORE THAN A MOOD SWING
Unlike people with clinical (unipolar) depression, most people who have bipolar disorder talk about experiencing the "highs" and "lows" of the illness. The "high" are periods of mania or intense bursts of energy or euphoria, which include some or all of the following symptoms:
Increased physical and mental activity and energy
Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self importance
Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
Impulsiveness, poor judgment, distractibility
Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, rash business decisions, erratic driving and
In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinations
Mood swings that come with bipolar disorder can be severe, ranging from extremes in energy to deep despair. The severity of the mood swings and the way they disrupt normal activities are what make bipolar mood episodes different from ordinary mood changes.