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DeKalb Medical Offers Bipolar Disorder Community Forum

May 13, 2010

Decatur, GA -- DeKalb Medical Behavioral Health Services department now offers a Bipolar Disorder Community Forum. This is a community service provided by the hospital at no charge. The group is facilitated by Neil Kahn, M.D., Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at DeKalb Medical and Paul Olander, L.C.S.W., C.C.M., Director of Behavioral Health Services. 

This service is a monthly support group and educational meeting for family and loved ones of persons living with bipolar disorder. Interested persons currently in recovery from active bipolar disorder are welcome to attend as well. The first meeting in October will feature a brief seminar on the history of bipolar disorder and its treatment, followed by an extended question-and-answer session covering any related issues.

The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the 801 Classroom, DeKalb Medical, 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, Ga. 30033. Free parking is offered on Bill Thrasher Street, off Winn Way. Meetings for the remainder of 2010 are June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sep. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Participants register by calling 404.501.WELL. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

More about the Bipolar Disorder Community Forum

Capitalizing on Dr. Kahn's and department staff's expertise and experience in crisis stabilization of bipolar disorder-based acute episodes of mania or depression with suicidal ideation, the goals of the group are to:

  • Support and educate family members and friends about Bipolar disorder, including diagnosis and prognosis with and without treatment
  • Remove the stigma and mystery surrounding this medical disease that often manifests through dangerous or provocative behaviors by the identified patient
  • Help reduce readmissions of people with Bipolar disorder to the hospital by decreasing relapse and increasing compliance with treatment recommendations. 

Physicians may call Dr. Kahn at 404.501.0001 for additional details, or Paul Olander at 404.501.5986.

About DeKalb Medical

A leader in heart attack treatment and orthopedics, DeKalb Medical is a non-profit hospital system serving half a million patients annually. Founded in Atlanta in 1961, the system includes the 451-bed DeKalb Medical at North Decatur. It was also named in the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals in 2009 and 2010 for clinical excellence by HealthGrades® and received the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award. In addition, the System also operates the 40-bed DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur and the 100-bed DeKalb Medical at Hillandale in Lithonia. For more information on DeKalb Medical, visit www.dekalbmedical.org.

Tori Vogt
DeKalb Medical
Media Relations Coordinator
tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org
404.501.2885

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