DBSA San Gabriel Valley

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Fighting social isolation literally changes your genes...

The science of epigenetics 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.

DBSA San Gabriel Valley Meetings

There are absolutely no member fees, no one will pass the hat. Family and friends are encouraged to come. We are peer run support groups. Our address:

Crown City Suites

600 S. Lake Ave. Suite 200

Pasadena CA 91106

Meeting times:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Parking is free via Lake Ave. entrance.

Deadlier Than Car Accidents

Suicide now kills more Americans than car accidents, according to the latest CDC findings.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24.

It is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 24-35.

It is the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-44.

The mortality rate of untreated depression and bipolar disorder is self-evident. It is not a character flaw, it is not a personal weakness, it is a serious medical condition involving the center of our nervous system which is responsible for our every breath, every thought, every word, every heart beat, and movement.

We are not talking about sadness, a normal part of the human experience, but about a reversal of the survival instinct that's taken for granted. In severe depression, the survival instinct becomes a death instinct, and behaviors will focus towards that goal.

More than 20 million American adults live with depression --10% of the U.S. population. 2.3 million live with bipolar disorder. If you're suffering from bipolar disorder or depression, you're simply not alone. In fact, in women ages 40-59, 1 in 4 are now taking antidepressants.

Support Groups Can Change Gene Expression Which Triggers Bipolar Disorder and Depression

For depressed or bipolar 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:

“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 countered by a positive and supportive social environment to the point the same genetic trait is reduced in severity and can even become manageable.

This is how, and why these groups WORK.

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

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%.