Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

October 29, 2023

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Support Groups

As always, a calendar of all meetings, including zoom links, is on our site.

In Person Support Groups


  • Silver Spring Group, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm​
    Silver Spring United Methodist Church
    ​8900 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910


  • DC Peer Group, Thursdays at 7:15 pm
    Foundry United Methodist Church
    ​1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Virtual Support Groups


  • Peer Group, weekly on Sundays at 6:00 pm


  • Peer Group, second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 pm


  • LGBTQIA+ Peer Group, first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
  • Women's Peer Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Mid-Day Peer Group, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
  • (Formerly Ellicott City*) Peer Group, first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
  • (Formerly Montgomery County*) Peer Group, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Peer Group, weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm

*locations here denote in-person origin; you are welcome to join any appropriate virtual peer group regardless of location.


Zoom Link

If the provided link is used online, a password should be unnecessary. Please let us know of any difficulties via [email protected].

Invite link for all ZOOM PEER groups:

Meeting ID 662 587 4960 Passcode: dbsanca

One tap mobile +13017158592,,6625874960#,,,,,,0#,,3858633#

+13017158592,,6625874960#,,,,*3858633# US (Washington D.C)

Dial in 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 662-587-4960 Passcode: 3858633​


Google Calendar Links

Special Events | Peer In Person | Peer Virtual

These are the links for our Google Calendar. Our Google Calendar is the most up to date source for meeting information, including links, specific locations, and meeting policies.

DBSA National & Local Alternative Support Groups for Youth and Loved Ones

DBSA National offers New Groups for Parents & Caregivers

DBSA Baltimore

Family and Loved Ones Group meets twice monthly. For more details, contact: Lou Borowicz, group facilitator: [email protected], 410-467-4709

DBSA National Partnership with HeyPeers

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | HeyPeers Here you will find meetings from DBSA including specialized groups.

DBSA NCA Chapter Announcements

Seasonal Reminders

Our meeting for Silver Spring will be taking place on Halloween Night at its usual time and location; and next Sunday (November 5) Eastern time will change an hour back. Don't forget to change your clocks!

​​DBSA NCA Seeks Volunteers

DBSA NCA is seeking volunteers for the following two positions:

1. Social Media Coordinator: A social media coordinator is needed to help DBSA NCA manage its presence on its various social media platforms. Tasks include posting various items on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to generate positive feelings towards DBSA NCA.

2. Community Outreach Coordinator: A volunteer is needed to manage outreach to various local government and community organizations. Tasks include researching key contacts with local government and community organizations as well as scheduling meetings with key contacts at local government agencies and community organizations.

Contact: Greg Billings via email: [email protected] or 202-440-7714 if interested.

Have you Liked our Facebook Page? Please like and follow us to help our outreach.

Webinars & Events

Young, Fun, and Living with Chronic/Mental Illness | Meetup New Meetup Group

NEW Overspenders Group will meet virtually starting Sunday, October 22 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm ET and continue meeting first and third Sundays. Email Sarah if you are interested in joining.

National DBSA virtual PTSD summit “Raising Our Hands: PTSD Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment Across Diverse Communities”, in collaboration with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Tuesday November 7 at 12:00 PM ET: Raising Our Hands: PTSD Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment Across Diverse Communities

DBSA NCA Note: If you are planning a walk, hike, or run for charity, please let us know so that we can highlight your achievements and donation progress in this newsletter!

Mental Health News

DBSA NCA Reading: New and Recommended Books & Book Club

DBSA NCA Book Club: Now meeting Tuesdays at 7:15pm. For more details, contact us by email.

Our unofficial DBSA NCA book club is reading An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison starting October 24, 2023.

A deeply powerful memoir about bipolar illness that has both transformed and saved lives—with a new preface by the author.

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication.

Weekly Articles From BP Hope

Weekly Articles From Everyday Health

5 Ways to Get Things Done Despite Depression

5 Foods to Avoid if You Have Bipolar Disorder

When to Cut Ties With a Toxic Parent

6 Signs You or Someone You Know Has Borderline Personality Disorder

A Therapist Speaks: Yes, Antidepressants Can Cause Nightmares

Burnout: Tips for Coping When You Can’t Just Quit

11 Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Adults With ADHD Have Increased Dementia Risk

9 Foods That Help or Hurt Anxiety

8 Ways to Get Through the Day When You're Depressed - Depression Center

12 Famous People With Bipolar Disorder

What Is Schizoaffective Disorder? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

6 Pitfalls That Make Major Depressive Disorder Worse

Is Depression More Commonly Misdiagnosed in Black People?

Losing a Parent: 8 Tips for Grieving

Quick Stretches for Stress Relief You Can Do Right Now

How Stress Affects Your Body

Here’s How Care Teams Can Help People With Schizophrenia

Antidepressants and Emotional Blunting: Why It Happens

12 Signs Your Antidepressant Isn’t Working

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia Risk

Antipsychotic Medications: Study Shows Less May Be More

Millions of Adults Have Undiagnosed Mild Cognitive Impairment

Depression Made Me Fat, but Ozempic Made Me Depressed

15 Celebrities Who Are Living Well With Depression

What Is Fentanyl? A Powerful Drug That’s Often Abused

How to Get Into a ‘Mindful Tech’ Self-Care Habit

Potential Health Benefits of Microdosing Psychedelics

5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss

7 Tips to Beat Brain Fog and Enhance Mental Clarity

Depression Medication

Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Reduce Pain Better Than Opioids?

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