On Friday 27th May at 1pm & 7pm
To help individuals get expert tips & advice on how to manage Bipolar and where to get help. The South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG) will host a FREE online expert Q & A called ‘Facebook Friday’ on 27 May at 1pm & 7pm focusing on Bipolar Awareness Day.
Bipolar is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world. Through our #FacebookFriday Online Chat, you can ask the experts any questions you might need with regards to this illness. You can ask questions such as managing symptoms, medication FAQs or how to take care of someone living with Bipolar.
Join the 1pm chat with Psychiatrist Dr Duncan Rodseth, practicing Psychiatrist from Donald Gordon Medical Centre. He specialises in Aviation Psychiatry and Bipolar Disorder.
The next chat will be at 7pm with Psychiatrist Dr Mike West from Akeso Clinic in Milnerton. He specialises in treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide and Bipolar Disorder.
To join the chat, go to our website www.sadag.org or directly to our Facebook Page: The South African Depression and Anxiety Group. To remain anonymous, please send us an SMS to 31393 with the word “Facebook” and your question and we will post it for you anonymously. You can send us a Private Facebook Message.
If you would like to speak to a Counseller for free telephonic counselling call 0800 70 80 90, or SMS 31393. SADAG is open 7 days a week, every day of the year from 8am-8pm.
We provide FREE telephonic counselling, referrals to Support Groups, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Clinics, etc. We also have brochures, self-help tips & online resources at www.sadag.org
Self Help For Bipolar Disorder:
- SLEEP: Maintain a stable sleep pattern by going to bed around the same time every night and getting up about the same time each morning
- EXERCISE: Maintain a regular pattern of activity. Take care not to be over-active or push yourself too hard
- MOOD DIARY: Keeping track of your daily moods and “triggers” that can affect your mood is easier with a daily mood diary
- ALCOHOL & DRUGS: don’t use alcohol or drugs as these are chemicals that can cause an imbalance in your brain
- FAMILY SUPPORT: Support from family and friends can help a lot. However it is important to understand that living with somebody with mood swings is not easy
- WORK: Try to reduce stress at work. We all want to perform well and do our best at work, but avoiding a relapse must be your first priority