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Friends & Family

A component, not common with other support groups, of the Thursday evening meetings of Rockland DBSA is the ‘Friends & Family’ group. Recognizing that the individuals in and around the lives of those with mood disorders have their own challenges and perspectives, and that they also need a safe place wherein they can discuss their situations without judgement, R-DBSA offers a support group that meets concurrently with the mood disorder groups for these supporters, caregivers, loved ones – friends and family – of those dealing with a mood disorder.

Caring for the Caregiver - Helping you help others

Caring for/about a person with a mood disorder is often stressful and exhausting. These tips can help you find the support you need.

01 Ask for help

  • Ask a friend to fix dinner, or a relative to help out once a week.
  • Make a list of ways others can help so when someone asks, "What can I do?” they can choose from the list.
  • Don’t wait for a crisis. Ask for and accept help on a regular basis.
  • Even if asking is hard, find at least one resource you can use right away.

02 Express your feelings

  • Recognize that feelings of frustration, sadness, anger and depression are normal under the circumstances.
  • Talk about your feelings with a friend, counselor, and/or a support group.

03 Take care of your health

  • Make sure you are eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and plenty of rest.
  • Learn and use stress reduction techniques.
  • Don’t put off your own medical care. Talk with your doctor about getting good preventive care.

04 Learn about mood disorders

  • Find out about the different types, symptoms, medications, etc. so that you be less likely surprised when issues arise.
  • If you can, provide information to family and friends so they will know how to best support you.

05 Avoid Isolation

  • Pursue a hobby, take a class; join a reading or discussion group.
  • Become active in a community organization.

06 Talk with professionals

  • Contact a social worker or local social services agency to help you find resources for yourself.
  • Talk with an attorney about legal issues and accountant about finances.
  • Find a counselor or therapist for yourself.

07 Watch for signs of burnout

  • Not taking care of your own health, feeling lonely, crying or losing your temper more than usual are all signs that you may need help.
  • Find someone to talk to if you feel discouraged, frustrated, trapped, or over-burdened.
  • Seek professional help if your use of alcohol, sleeping pills, or other sedatives increases and if you are depressed or thinking about suicide.

08 Give yourself a treat

  • Buy yourself something; a magazine, book, a trinket.
  • Watch a sunset, sunrise; enjoy nature.
  • Relax; listen to music, watch a TV show.
  • Order takeout.
  • Buy yourself flowers.

09 Take time for yourself.

  • Consider respite care, home or adult care, if necessary.
  • Schedule time for yourself, and stick to it.
  • Consider a vacation.

10 Investigate local services

  • Meals on wheels.
  • Senior/Adult center.
  • Library programs.
  • Assisted Living.
  • Social Services.

Adopted from "Caring For the Caregiver; Practical ways of helping you care for a person with memory loss and confusion.” NAMl-FAMILYA of Rockland

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There is no fee for attending the support group.