What we're about

We are a non-profit peer support group for those with mood and other mental health disorders. There are absolutely no member fees, no one will pass the hat. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

NOTE: these meetings have been ongoing for 10 years and members almost never RSVP on meetup. We average 8 people each night, so don’t fear that you’ll be alone!

Our address:

DBSA San Gabriel Valley

Crown City Suites
600 S. Lake Ave.
Suite 200
Pasadena CA 91106
Mon. through Fri. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Free parking in the lot, just take a ticket

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit! We're here for you!

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO:

Fighting social isolation changes your genes, and DBSA, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, is an important part of that.

The science of epigenetics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwFVgQ82ZY) has conclusively demonstrated that peer support networks can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists.

In The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition (http://www.psmag.com/health/the-social-life-of-genes-64616/), David Dobbs writes:

“If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.”

“You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity...

“Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression."

What this means is that the same gene expression that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be affected by a positive and supportive social environment to the point the same genetic trait is reduced in severity or even brought to remission.

The Lethality of Loneliness

https://youtu.be/_0hxl03JoA0

We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.

Please help in any way you can!

Donate (https://donorbox.org/depression-and-bipolar-support-alliance-san-gabriel-valley-chapter-dbsasgv-org)

Upcoming events (4+)

DBSA San Gabriel Valley In-Person Meetings

Crown City Suites

Support Groups Can Change Gene Expression Which Triggers Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Although DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are 94% effective in helping bipolar (manic depressive) or clinically depressed members with treatment adherence, another important benefit is the ability to create a social network with others sharing a condition friends or loved ones may not understand because they simply haven’t “been there.”

For such individuals living in isolation, the science of epigenetics has conclusively demonstrated that this can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists. In The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition, David Dobbs writes [italics mine]:

“If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.”

“You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity…

“Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression.”

What this means is that the same genetic traits that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be countered by a positive and supportive social support environment to the point the same gene expression is reduced in severity and can even become manageable. This is how, and why these groups WORK. A lack of a social support environment, and the accompanying loneliness, has some predictable outcomes…

The Lethality of Loneliness
We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.

If you are outside the Los Angeles County area and would like to find a support group near you, click here. For further information, you may email us at [masked], call or text[masked], or use the Contact Form.

DBSA San Gabriel Valley Online Meetings

Needs a location

Wednesday, 7-9 PM

All you need is a computer with a microphone (and hopefully webcam, it’s so much better to see each other) or, if you don’t have one, just a telephone.

To join the meeting, visit:
https://zoom.us/j/8587117744

If you don’t have a computer, you can dial in by calling:[masked]
When prompted, enter the meeting ID:[masked]

To continue to receive notifications and reminders, make sure you are subscribed to either Meetup notifications OR our new mailing list. You can subscribe to the mailing list here:
https://bit.ly/dbsasgvsubscribe

DBSA San Gabriel Valley In-Person Meetings

Crown City Suites

Support Groups Can Change Gene Expression Which Triggers Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Although DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are 94% effective in helping bipolar (manic depressive) or clinically depressed members with treatment adherence, another important benefit is the ability to create a social network with others sharing a condition friends or loved ones may not understand because they simply haven’t “been there.”

For such individuals living in isolation, the science of epigenetics has conclusively demonstrated that this can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists. In The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition, David Dobbs writes [italics mine]:

“If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.”

“You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity…

“Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression.”

What this means is that the same genetic traits that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be countered by a positive and supportive social support environment to the point the same gene expression is reduced in severity and can even become manageable. This is how, and why these groups WORK. A lack of a social support environment, and the accompanying loneliness, has some predictable outcomes…

The Lethality of Loneliness
We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.

If you are outside the Los Angeles County area and would like to find a support group near you, click here. For further information, you may email us at [masked], call or text[masked], or use the Contact Form.

DBSA San Gabriel Valley In-Person Meetings

Crown City Suites

Support Groups Can Change Gene Expression Which Triggers Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Although DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are 94% effective in helping bipolar (manic depressive) or clinically depressed members with treatment adherence, another important benefit is the ability to create a social network with others sharing a condition friends or loved ones may not understand because they simply haven’t “been there.”

For such individuals living in isolation, the science of epigenetics has conclusively demonstrated that this can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists. In The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition, David Dobbs writes [italics mine]:

“If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.”

“You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity…

“Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression.”

What this means is that the same genetic traits that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be countered by a positive and supportive social support environment to the point the same gene expression is reduced in severity and can even become manageable. This is how, and why these groups WORK. A lack of a social support environment, and the accompanying loneliness, has some predictable outcomes…

The Lethality of Loneliness
We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.

If you are outside the Los Angeles County area and would like to find a support group near you, click here. For further information, you may email us at [masked], call or text[masked], or use the Contact Form.

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