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Friday, 23 November 2012

Starting in some groups next week!!!!!

OK so I've been really down and struggling but I was referred into an out-patient program.  i am starting off slowly with 3 weekly groups:

  • Getting Started In Recovery - this group consists of 4 modules focused on goal setting, procrastination, challenging negative thinking & positive coping strategies
  • Distress Tolerance - the focus of this group is on the identification of emotions and the impact they have on an individual's physical, mental, emotional & behavioural state.  Grounding techniques, crisis tolerance, mindfulness and self-exploration are some of the strategies that will be explored in the group to help clients manage their feelings in healthier ways.  Setting time aside, outside of the group, to practice the skills learned, is an expected component of the group (*Note - I missed the first one as it started last week and I was accepted this week but I am OK starting this coming week rather than waiting another 7 weeks)
  • Bipolar Management Group - this group consists of 4 modules focused on Triggers & Warnings signs - What is Bipolar Disorder?; Causes, types Signs & symptoms of Mania, Hypomania & Depression; Treatment; Lifestyle issues, Coping Strategies, Relapse prevention & Recovery
Later on I would really like to participate in one of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy groups and probably some of the others.

There are also a couple of relaxation based "drop-in" groups - one is called a Leisure Activity group and the other is simply called "relaxation group."

Sunday, 4 November 2012


I don't want to write because I feel trapped in this horrible cycle that I cannot escape.

That's it.
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