DBSA Bergen County

DBSA Bergen County is a support group which meets weekly in Paramus, NJ. We are affiliated with DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance). The group has been in existence since 1986, previously as the DMDA or Depressive Manic-Depressive Support Group of Bergen County.

Patients with a diagnosis of major depression or bipolar illness (manic-depression), as well as their families and friends are welcome to join our rap sessions. Occasionally, there are informative lectures by professionals dealing with these illnesses, instead of rap sessions.

Group Meetings/Lectures – Bergen County

When: Every Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (No Holidays)
Where: Bergen Regional Medical Center (once called Bergen Pines Hospital), 230 E Ridgewood Ave, Paramus NJ, room E218 in the Psychiatric Behavioral Health Pavilion (Bldg 14).
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Our groups and meetings are:

  • led by trained facilitators who are peers, that is, individuals with a mood disorder
  • open to family and friends with or without the person living with a disorder
  • an empowering experience that is free of charge with no pre-registration required
  • NOT a therapy group ; we do NOT give professional advice, but we DO share mutual experiences to educate and support each other.

There is hope. People living with a mood disorder can be helped by medication and/or therapy. Many people so affected 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:
    • 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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