Yesterday’s NAMI Pasco July Education Meeting, Monday, July 7 at 7 PM, was a huge success! Twenty guests joined us around a sizable conference table at the home of our generous host, North Tampa Behavioral Health.
The screening of “Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission,” prompted a number of questions for our guest speaker, Jason A. Tompkins, LCSW, Psychotherapist, and Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Among the things we learned:
- Clinical depression is episodic, recurrent, and worsens over time
- Genetics and stress play a role in depression and bipolar disorder
- It’s very important to get a good evaluation from a well-credentialed doctor to determine the scope of illness. (What, exactly, is going on physically, emotionally, mentally?)
- Depression and bipolar disorder are treatable conditions. They will respond to treatment, just like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, for example
- People with the illnesses can go on to lead happy, productive lives!