Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Balanced Mind Foundation



It’s a sign of the times! Child Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has changed their name to The Balanced Mind Foundation. According to this link, this change reflects their own research that children experience a number of “working labels” with co-morbid conditions making the word bipolar limiting. So to better serve the community, the organization is broadening their scope. You can read more about it in the link below. If you haven’t check out this site, it’s a must-do for any parent who’s raising a child with mood issues.

http://www.thebalancedmind.org/connect/forums/general-discussion/big-changes-at-cabf-a-message-from-our-executive-director

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I’m curious, does anyone object to this change? I read on the website that some members were disappointed for losing the “bipolar emphasis”. What do you think?

7 comments:

  1. I think that some people are proud to be labeled Bipolar because it is a label they fought to finally understand. They may feel that losing that label entails having to throw out all the efforts put into getting a specific diagnosis. (Making sense I hope?) BUT....here's my 2 cents.

    Children are so hard to fit into one category like bipolar or ADD or Oppositional defiant. The disorder may change as they grow so I think it is a good idea to have the name changed. Also it will take some of the focus away from the label which can influence how we see ourselves. The last thing a teen needs is another label.

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  2. I am very much in support of the name change! My son who is now 12 has been struggling with SOME symptoms of bi-polar since as long has we can remember. Difficulty falling asleep, the rages, the irritability. He also has severe adhd with hyperactivity with a capital H. BUT, he has never displayed the mania other kids with this diagnosis experience. And because of this, many therapists and psychiatrists missed the mood disorder diagnosis and it took us much longer to get on the right track medicine wise.

    I believe that if "severe mood disregulation disorder" makes it to the DSM, that is what he will be diagnosed with. I really think the mood disorders are on a spectrum, and that recognizing this will help kids and adults get the help they need.

    I do understand that the label "Bipolar" continues to holds such a terrible stigma, and that we need to continue to advocate for acceptance and understanding. But I think we are just beginning to understand the spectrum of mood disorders, and that Bipolar disorder is just a part of it.

    By the way in In the Pink, I always love when you comment. You are always so right on target!

    Betsy

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  3. You both make great points! I too think there is a spectrum for mood disorder and that severe mood disregulation disorder is on that spectrum. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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  4. I'm definitely in favor of the move to encompass all childhood mood disorders that the name change is supposed to reflect. But I'm not loving the choice of "Balanced Mind Foundation." It seems too vague--makes me think of a yoga organization or some kind of New Age group. Something like "Childhood Mood Disorders Foundation," while not as catchy, would be more accurate. Maybe I just need time to get used to it...

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  5. http://1boringoldman.com/index.php/2011/10/12/whats-in-a-name-that-which-we-call-a-rose/

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  6. Thank you for sharing our big news! We will continue to offer the same information, support, and resources to families of kids with bipolar and depression - but with a little extra, both for them and parents of kids who were previously falling between the cracks. We are very excited and hopeful about the new name, and our expanded mission.

    -Shira
    The Balanced Mind Foundation

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  7. Kurt- Thanks for the referral to the blog, I will be posting about it tonight!

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