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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 69 NAMI-DE to host open house June 5 in Rehoboth Organization helps those with mental illness The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Delaware (NAMI- DE) recently opened an office in Rehoboth Beach to better serve Kent and Sussex counties. The organization will host an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at its new site - 706 Rehoboth Ave. NAMI-DE is a nonprofit, grass- roots organization dedicated to providing support, education, ad- vocacy and housing on behalf of those who have mental illnesses and those who care about them. Visitors will easily identify the pink house that is just past the YMCA sign on the right side of Rehoboth Avenue by its NAMI- DE sign out front. Additional parking is available in the YMCA parking lot off Church Street. Refreshments will be catered by the Blue Moon Restaurant and entertainment will be provided by the First Harmo- Survey shows American opinion of bipolar disorder still fraught with stereotyping ed by bipolar disorder, as well as their friends and families, to learn more about the illness and take the steps needed to win their struggle with the illness." Bipolar disorder, often refened to as manic depression, is a seri- ous and chronic mental illness characterized by distressing and disruptive mood swings ranging from high (manic) to low (depres- sive) states. It is currently esti- mated that more than 2.5 million Americans have bipolar disorder. As many as 80 percent of individ- uals go undiagnosed or misdiag- nosed for up to 10 years. Newly published epidemiological data revealed that 7 million Americans have screened positive for bipolar disorder. If ignored, bipolar dis- order can have a serious, life-al- tering consequences that range from loss of employment and dif- ficulty regaining it, to drug and al- cohol abuse and suicide. In fact, bipolar disorder has one of the highest mortality rates among all mental illnesses. The NMHA telephone survey, of 1,051 American adults con- ducted by Harris Interactive also indicated that certain stereotypes and stigma surrounding bipolar disorder still persist, thereby dis- A new National Mental Health Association (NMHA) survey re- veals that while more than 60 per- cent of people can identify bipolar disorderas a mental illness, more than two-thirds of those surveyed said they had limited or no knowl- edge of it, pointing to gaps in pub- lic awareness of the illness. "Too many Americans are liv- ing with bipo- lar disorder and are un- aware of the illness and the toll it may be taking on their lives, work and relationships," said Michael FAENZA Faenza MSSW, and president and CEO of NMHA. "For the last 17 years, I've fought a very-serious personal battle with bipolar disorder," said Maurice Benard, who plays Son- ny Corinthos on the ABC soap opera "Gen.eral Hospital." "Only after I was diagnosed was I finally able to manage my illness and work to lead a more positive, productive life. By part- nering with NMHA, I hope to en- courage those who may be affect- Body Works 30 Minute Fitness & Weight Loss Making Sussex County Smaller...Inch by Inch II II 302-644-7292 roll couraging people who may have the illness from seeking a diagno- sis and treatment. According to the results, 67 percent surveyed believe people with bipolar are extremely emo- tional and sensitive people. Fur- thermore, while more than 75 per- cent of those surveyed reported being comfortable with being friends with someone with bipo- lar, only 32 percent felt comfort- able dating someone with bipolar disorder. Regarding the media's role in coverage of bipolar disor- Continued on page 70 Beebe Medical Center Lewes, DE v, Your hot,or,profit, community.owned hospital nizer Barbershop Quartet. Some of the services provided by NA- MI-DE include the following: Family support group for fam- ily members of individuals with mental illness meets at 7 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month. NAMI-CARE - A peer-based mutual support group program for individuals recovering from any serious mental illness. The group meets at 7:30 p.m., the fourth Thursday of the month, at the NAMI-DE office. Family to Family education course - This 12-week course for families of individuals with se- vere brain disorders - mental ill- nesses - is offered in the spring and fall. Peer to Peer education course - A nine-week course on recovery for anyone with a serious mental illness, who is interested in estab- lishing and maintaining wellness, starts in September. Dual Recovery Anonymous meeting - A 12-Step self-help pro- gram for those who experience chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric disorder meets at 8 p.m., every Tuesday night. For more information on these programs or the open house, call NAMI-DE at 226-3334. DyabetiMed i[' Welcome to Sussex County If you are new to the area, Beebe Medical Center welcomes youl We invite you to our "Welcome to Beebe Breakfast." You will have an opportunity to learn about the progressive, quality medical services available at Beebe from our President, Jeffrey M. Fried. Tuesday, June 3, 2003 Please join us at 10 a.m. at the South Coastal Library, in Bethany. A FREE light continental breakfast will be served. Registration is limited. To register, please call Public Relations at 645-3468.