Videotaping Bi-Polar Speaker

Thursday night I videotaped a female Bipolar survivor speaking on her experience with the disorder, for public access.  It was a NAMI presentation, at the public library, and I heard again good things about the new treatment aid for Borderline Personality, PTSD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, and stressed folks without a disorder.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed after my stint in graduate school and in fact after I retired! Curious, I finally purchased a second-hand copy in excellent condition via Amazon, and for ten dollars have the skilled workbook for my own use. (Total bill was $10-something). Now I know what everybody has been talking about!  Instead of my measly list of suggestions for self-soothing in my blog last  Monday, I have at my fingertips a list of  more than 100 self-soothers!  There are only two I would take umbrage with: 1. watch television [not today!] 2. Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a long time [not if you’e a survivor of incest].

Anyway, now I know what it’s all about and I’m starting my first lesson!

BTW, it’s called The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, by McKay,  Wood, and Brantley, 2007.


About Nan Mykel

I used to think I would be a child prodigy, but then I got old. Formerly I had fantasies of rubbing elbows with cultural and academic leaders but that did not come to pass because I did not become a cultural or academic leader or any other kind of leader, for that matter. I am not even an "Alpha Dog," a term learned from a friend who had to become "Alpha Dog" in order to influence her own pet. (When gazes lock, she never looks away.) For years I expected to become a published author, but in passing I could not avoid the fact that I had little to contribute to the world's bulging dumpsters. I'm embarrassed to report that I also considered my primary process artistic productions powerful, rather than mildly neurotic. Which is not to say that I disrespect myself, only that I am beginning to doubt my potential for making a mark on the world. If I focus on strict self discipline I may be able to keep my garbage removed on a weekly basis, to keep the kitty box changed, the clothes cleaned, the dog watered, fed and walked, but that just catches me up to the starting mark again. When writing I physically grapple with words, wrestling them from their indifference into attempted chunks of awareness. I sit heavily on my chair; I breathe in artificially cooled air; my ear drums note the tap tap of the keyboard and the steady uninterrupted sound of the air conditioner, What is that sound? The roar of the ocean from 30 yards away...Inside, my thoughts are are balls in an electronic game machine, bouncing hither and yon from lever to lever. I am a little grim and intent until I recall a dream related by a black man in the prison where I once worked. He said that when he was a small boy, back home, he dreamed he was standing on his front porch pissing, and that he suddenly found himself pissing stars...
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6 Responses to Videotaping Bi-Polar Speaker

  1. lynn__ says:

    I belong to a local NAMI support group…can you share the video tape?


    • Nan Mykel says:

      I’m acting on your suggestion, just waiting for my boss to come to work on Tuesday. It may be too long for post readers to have patience with it, but access has its own playable past programs. Good idea, but the site is new and I don’t know its link. In fact, access may be able to group a number of one-hour speakers together on survivors of depression, PTSD, post-partum depression, borderline personality, etc. No one talking about incest, however.


      • lynn__ says:

        Thanks …our group is always looking for educational presentations for our monthly meetings.


      • Nan Mykel says:

        Response from Matt Green, CEO of public access in Athens, Ohio to me:
        To make it easier I created a playlist of the past NAMI videos so they can all be in one place. Here is a link to them

        The new one should be added to it tomorrow…it’s uploading now.
        Nan says to lynn: He didn’t pick the ones I would have, but number 8 (MPD) and 7 (BPD) and the black mother on depression were best of this batch, I think–haven’t recently reviewed the latest one on Bi-Polar, tho it’s possible the intro from Tom Walker won’t be of interest (it’s local NAMI business), I do think that one is probably good, too, however.


      • lynn__ says:

        Great…I’ll check out the YouTube site. Thanks, Nan!


      • Nan Mykel says:

        You’re welcome. I’ll still try and get ahold of some more of the better ones.

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