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TOPIC TITLE: Culturally Sensitive Resources?
Created On 7/8/13 3:39 PM
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aflac37
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7/8/13 3:39 PM
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As a caretaker to a sibling with untreated bipolar disorder, I wanted to know if you could direct me to any resources especially relevant to the Orthodox Jewish consumer.

Two of the most invaluable resources I have found so far have been a NAMI support group I attended and a book called Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. While both tremendously impactful, I am interested in more culturally sensitive literature and/or support that I can share with my family and family friends likewise living with loved ones with bipolar.

Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance!
 
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wishtobehappy
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7/8/13 7:24 PM
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That's really special of you to be so concerned about your sibling.

For reading material you can search bipolar on http://www.chabad.org/ they have some great articles/personal stories on the topic.
There was also an interesting story recently in the Mishpacha (I think) of someone who helped her younger sibling with bipolar and had her move into her home. Not sure which issue, though.

Ohel in Brooklyn might have some resources too: (718) 851-6300. Relief Resources is also worth a try: 718-431-9501

Hope that was helpful. Good luck!
 
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aflac37
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7/8/13 8:29 PM
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Thank you for your prompt response, WishToBeHappy! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post.

I have checked out the chabad.org mental health section. I am truly impressed that they have made such a concerted effort to have a mental health area on their website. I have yet to explore the articles on there to the extent that I would wish, but I greatly appreciate the reminder to keep checking back.

Is there any chance that you know of a family support group for bipolar/schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder catered specifically to frum Jews? Though I live "out of town," my eventual goal is to start a support group similar to a NAMI support network in my local Jewish community. I am wondering if there is a working model out there (i.e., in the tri-state area/in a larger Jewish community) I can base such a support group off of.

Ohel and Relief Resources sound like a great start. Thank you for directing me their way!

Wishing you a lifetime of simcha!
 
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wishtobehappy
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7/8/13 9:52 PM
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It was my pleasure. Glad you found it helpful.

About a support group, I don't know of any in my area, but Relief or Ohel should be able to tell you if there is one. They might also give you advice on how to start one. Your sister is lucky to have you!
 
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chai80
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7/21/13 10:35 PM
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You can try Dr. Dov Finman 516-350-8564. He has experience treating bipolar disorders
 
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