Welcome to DBSA Somerset County

We are a mood-disorder self-help support group affiliated with the highly respected Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. DBSA is the largest illness specific patient run organization in the US with over 1,000 groups.

People who are diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder (manic depression) are welcome to attend – please call the number above before attending. Our goal is to provide information about diagnosis and treatment of this biochemical disorder, from a lay person’s perspective.

Group Meetings – Bridgewater & Belle Mead
When: Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, 500 North Bridge St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
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Belle Mead
When: Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Where: Carrier Clinic (Garden Cafe), 252 County Rd 601, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.
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Our groups and meetings are:

  • led by “peer” trained facilitators (peer = other patients with a mood disorder)
  • free of charge
  • provide literature, including brocures published by DBSA national organization
  • NOT a therapy group ; we do NOT give professional advice – we just share mutual experiences to educate and support each other.

Mood disorders can often be controlled by medication. In addition, psychotherapy can be very helpful. Many people have been successfully stabilized on medication and lead normal lives, and participate in our support group to help others. Support groups help during recovery. “You are not alone, we can help”.

About Depression & Mania

  • Common possible symptoms of depression include:
    • Changes in appetite
    • Decreased or increased sleeping
    • Loss of energy and motivation
    • Exaggerated feelings of guilt
    • Unexplained aches and pains or ailments
    • Inappropriate or exaggerated feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, impending disaster or doom
  • Common possible symptoms of mania include:
    • Impaired judgment
    • High energy level and increased activity/talking
    • Significant decrease in sleeping
    • Inflated self esteem (grandiosity)
    • Extreme irritability and/or restlessness
  • Other symptoms are possible. No one symptom determines the disorder. A psychiatrist or psycho pharmacologist should be consulted for an evaluation.
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