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The Many Faces of Bipolar Disorder

The territory of recovery for a person with this diagnosis cannot be mapped with a cookie cutter approach. However, we have found that highlighting some common, important distinctions is a helpful foundation. They relate to the meaning and implications of the Bipolar Disorder diagnosis.

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Meds are Not Enough

One of the problems with conventional medicine is the relationship between the doctor and patient. Too often, the patient is just a passive receptacle that is treated by a doctor whose role is to cure through intervention. A more integrated approach focuses on empowerment. The challenge for both the doctor and patient is to join forces and proactively promote healing.

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The Evolution of a Therapeutic Village

Project Transition began in 1982 as an effort to help one person with serious mental illness (SMI) get his life back - more accurately, to find a way for life to have a more favorable meaning to him in the wake of many psychiatric hospitalizations. At the time, long-term hospital care for persons with SMI was the norm; however. But, often, discharged patients were still symptomatic and vulnerable to psychiatric and addictive relapse. They (and their family members) were demoralized. Additionally, many of these patients seemed unable - without significant support - to generate essential relationships, belonging, membership in social networks, and to participate in work, school, and play.

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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Every day, it seems we hear about the importance of caring for our overall health. While good health is important for everyone, individuals diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) need to be particularly concerned as they face a 15 to 25 year shorter lifespan than the national average. This shortened lifespan is a result of increased instances of Metabolic Syndrome

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Help that Hurts

Families are essential sources of acceptance, insight, compassion, and love. Mental illness confronts families with challenges that are enduring and saturated with stress. When a family member has persistent, serious psychiatric problems, everyone in the family soon learns that there are no quick fixes, no magic pills. As the weight of responsibilities and concerns fall on the family, it can feel overwhelming.

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Lifestyle and Mental Health

Mental health professionals have significantly underestimated the importance of lifestyle factors (a) as contributors to and treatments for multiple psychopathologies, (b) for
fostering individual and social well-being, and (c) for preserving and optimizing cognitive function.

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"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."

Anonymous

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."

JP

"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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