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My Health Victory By M. LaVora Perry, NV Columnist Over the years, people have often told me I seem capable, energetic, happy and always on the go. But here, I’m telling my truth with the hope that it will save lives. The first time I got depressed I was nine years old. Even before then, and continuing for more than 40 years, I felt like something was “wrong” with me, like I had a huge hole in my soul. As a teenager, I attempted suicide more times than I can remember. Find out what you never knew about the iconic Peter B. Lewis building in University Circle on Page 10.


Resurrecting the Community with Mary’s House By Lila Mills, NV Editor

HOUGH – Janice Chambers was angry when she heard about the bodies of 11 women found at the Imperial Avenue home of Anthony Sowell. She thought and she prayed, then she turned her anger into action. “You couldn’t kill that many dogs or cats without people taking notice,” Chambers said recently. “I wanted to give women in this neighborhood a safe place.” She turned her attention to an abandoned house on East 79th Street across from Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project, more commonly known as UMADOAP, where she works. Chambers, who grew up in Hough and East Cleveland, thought the house would be a perfect place for Mary’s House, a safe house for women in need. It would be a place where women struggling with addiction

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or mental illness could eat a meal, shower, attend counseling and get information about services if they want it, Chambers said. The only problem? Chambers knew nothing about home renovation and she did not have any money to fund the project. In February, she and co-worker Marilyn Scott started making calls looking for help. Since then, they have found dozens of businesses and people, from professional contractors to local residents, who want to help. Among the donations they have received are: vinyl siding from C-Town Construction, of Highland Heights; a furnace and central air unit from Ferguson Heating and Cooling, of Streetsboro; installation of those units by A New Image Heating and Cooling, of Warrensville Heights; and a solar roof from Yellow Lite,

of Independence. Today’s Business Products, of Cleveland, plans to donate a conference table and chairs; and Snow Bros. Appliance Co., of Lyndhurst, plans to donate appliances. “I want women in the community to know that they can resurrect themselves just like we are doing with this house,” Chambers said. Chambers knows about hard luck. Her family struggled with drugs and anger for years. “You cut the turkey (on Thanksgiving) and you knew, ‘Put the knives up, girl’ because people were going to fight,” Chamber said. But her family has turned itself around. She proudly talks about her own resurrection and the sobriety of her siblings. The grand opening of Mary’s House is scheduled for spring 2012.

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Late December 1982, at age 21, I dropped out of college because I was too depressed to get out of bed for class and had once again tried to take my own life. I moved back in with my parents. A few months later, I spent seven weeks in the now-closed Fairhill Psychiatric Hospital because I’d taken LSD and tried to overdose on antidepressant pills. I’d been saving the pills — instead of taking one daily as prescribed — because they dulled my senses. My drug abuse had flipped me into mania, meaning I didn’t sleep and I had endless energy. It also made me psychotic, meaning I heard God telling me to do things like set my high school photograph on fire, which I did. After that, I stopped taking LSD and using any kind of illegal drugs because I was afraid I’d become addicted. But, although I gained some stability, my problems persisted. In 1987, I made friends with members of the Soka Gakkai International Nichiren Buddhist association and began chanting “Nam-myohorenge-kyo” as my daily form of prayer. I still practice Buddhism today. continued on Page 10

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Editor and Publisher

Lila Mills

Columnist M. LaVora Perry

Staff Writer

Robert Rozboril

Sports Writer

Justin Rutledge

Graphic Design Consultant Julie Heckman

Copy Editor Lindsy Neer

Web Editor

Justin Woodbridge

Contributors Dabney Conwell Wanda Davis Salethia King Rita Knight-Gray Albert Najieb Danielle Price Deirdre Lynn Brown Teachout


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Landscape of Greater University Circle atop the W.O. Walker Building at 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

THANK YOU LETTERS We were pleased to receive a letter from Mr. Alan Silverman, the president of Silverman’s, the discount department store with a location in East Cleveland. He is committed to the children of East Cleveland and has helped us in our mission. We say: “Thank you, Mr. Silverman, for responding to the need for uniforms!” Teresa Bolden Smith and LaToya Kent East Cleveland

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Notice of Public Hearing The City of East Cleveland Department of Community Development will hold a Public Hearing to receive citizen input and comments concerning the proposed uses and overall priorities for FY 2012 One-Year Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant and HOME Funds and 2012-2016 Consolidated Plan. East Cleveland citizens are encouraged to attend.

Smith and Kent are leaders with the Rozelle Block Club. They received the following letter after seeking uniform donations: Thank you for contacting us about your programs. I applaud your efforts to help our neighborhood kids. We try to do our part as well. I thought you would like to know that last week we delivered 1,000 vouchers for free school uniforms to the East Cleveland Schools.

When: October 12 Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: Helen S. Brown Senior Center 16100 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland


For further information, please call Wanda Ambeau, fiscal coordinator, at 216-681-2197 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Alan Silverman President, Silverman Brothers, Inc.

Gary A. Norton Jr., Mayor Joseph C. Mazzola, Director

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS The Easiest Way to Take Control of Your Health? Buckle Up By Linda Kimble

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE - Using a seat belt every time you ride in a car reduces your risk of being killed or seriously injured in a crash by more than 50 percent, yet because African-Americans buckle up less often, we face a disproportionate burden of injuries and deaths in motor vehicle crashes. More than 2,000 African Americans are killed and more than 555,000 are injured each year in motor vehicle crashes. Counts conducted in June and September 2009 by University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that while up to 85 percent of drivers buckle up in some areas of Cuyahoga County, seat belt use in many parts of Cleveland is less than 60 percent. Counts conducted in March 2010 found that the daytime seat belt use rate in East Cleveland was around 46 percent. These low belt use rates explain why the injury rate in motor vehicle crashes is more than twice as high for blacks (1,393 injuries per 100,000 people) as for whites (634). A study by Meharry Medical College, the historically black health professions institution in Nashville, estimated that getting more African-Americans to buckle up could save up to 1,300 lives each year. This disproportionate motor vehicle injury and fatality burden is just part of a broader pattern of health disparities that affect African-Americans of both genders and all ages. AfricanAmericans face so many different risks and are bombarded by so many different messages that it can be overwhelming, but reducing motor vehicle injury risk is one of the easiest steps we can take to improve our health and wellbeing.

Living with diabetes is hard. Quitting smoking is hard. Watching your diet and getting more exercise is hard. Lowering cardiovascular disease risk is hard. Living with HIV is hard. Knowing your cancer risks and getting the appropriate screenings are hard. But seat belt use is easy. 4

Seat belts are simple, free and easy to use. So what stops us? To answer that question — and to use that information to develop a seat belt promotion program that gets more African-Americans in the Greater Cleveland area thinking about, talking about and using seat belts — the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center partnered with Meharry Medical College on a groundbreaking project to improve belt use in Greater Cleveland’s minority communities. During the initial project development phase, messaging and community outreach focused on four communities: East Cleveland, Glenville, Forest Hills and Clark-Fulton. We combined outreach and education efforts with local churches, beauty and barbershops and gas stations/corner stores with a targeted billboard campaign. The main goal of this effort is to reach people and mobilize grass roots efforts that enlist residents in becoming advocates in their own families, neighborhoods and communities. In East Cleveland, project leaders recruited and grew a strong, active coalition made up of representatives from every segment of the East Cleveland community who embraced the issue and took on the challenge of talking to friends, neighbors and family members about the importance of seat belt use. The good news? The most recent Ohio Department of Public Safety seat belt counts in East Cleveland found seat belt usage rates of 73 percent in June 2011, representing monumental change from the abysmally low belt use rates in the preproject period and signifying the makings of a cultural shift in how residents think about motor vehicle safety. We’d love to get your input! For information on how you can get involved in getting more African-American Clevelanders to buckle up, contact Heidi Dolan at 216-983-1109 or heidi. or Kathy Wesolowski at 216-983-1124 or

Linda Kimble worked with the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center.

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September 2011 • Issue 2

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Healthy You Commentary by Bonnie Paul What does “health” really mean? Good health is truly the greatest wealth that one can have. Good health is much more important than wealth because poor health limits our ability to totally enjoy life. Health represents the whole person and it affects how you perceive your life. A person must know that everything in life is connected to and affected by health, good or bad. Health is a combination of the physical, environmental, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, social and mental/ emotional aspects of life. Realistically, we all know that health changes, either suddenly or gradually. However, how we learn to adapt is the challenging part and how we respond to these changes is the key factor. Therefore, health education is important to our lives. As a community health educator, I want to give back by sharing information that I have learned over the years. Our purpose in life is to enjoy it to the fullest as it pertains to our health. People need people in order to enhance their lives. We need to be loved, feel safe and have our needs met. Let’s set an example by practicing what we preach.

There will be times when the mental and emotional aspects of our lives become such negative forces that they make us physically ill. That’s when we need the support of family, friends, the community and others. I believe that the way health education is presented to people helps to determine how much we learn. Being creative, knowledgeable, being you, being spiritual, having a sense of humor and being non-judgmental will help change health behaviors in the community. Everyone will learn, but some will not get it at all. Some people want to have a healthy life style, and are willing to seek the information about changing health behaviors to achieve it. Others think, “This is me and I am going to do what I want to do.” As a health educator I can only give it my best. Who knows? Someone just might be listening. I thank God for the opportunities he has given me to help others. Having understanding, knowledge and wanting to change is necessary for a healthy life. God Bless.

Social worker Bonnie Paul is a certified health education specialist and co-founder of Hindsight View, an education and service program.

The Beat Runs Deep Good food, good music, and good folks come together at the small round tables of Deuteronomy 8:3 Café. But don’t let the fun fool you. Enter, and you will quickly plunge into deep waters. The diverse programming aims to facilitate honest conversations about race and justice. Deuteronomy 8:3 Café is a place of many tastes — a combination of coffee shop, book store, music venue, dialogue portal, independent film channel and non-traditional educational institution.

By Meagen Farrell

Located on the ground floor of the Medical Associates Building at 1464 E. 105th St., between Ashbury and Wade Park avenues, Deuteronomy 8:3 Café hosts Afro-centric events open to people from all communities. Don’t just caffeinate your brain; expand your horizons and find out what it takes to be part of a just society. Regular events include: Mysterious Knights Chess Club, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. First Friday Film Discussion Series, at 7 p.m. DreamKast (jazz & blues), Thursdays from 8:30-11 p.m. From Sept. 13 to Nov. 3, D8: 3 is hosting a discussion series facilitated by the National Institute for Restorative Justice. “Imagining, Democracy, Justice: The Mind of Manning Marable” will examine three books by author Manning Marable on black history, the meaning of race and racialized justice. To join the conversation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. or to order the books, call 216-7216630, or email All other inquiries about Deuteronomy 8:3 or to be added to its emailing list, call 216-3769695, or email Meagen Farrell is a writer and educational consultant living in Hough . Check out her blog for weekly posts about literacy.


Health Careers Discovery Night at Tri-C CENTRAL – Cuyahoga Community College is hosting the annual Health Careers Discovery Night from 5–7 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. This free event introduces students to career programs in the fields of nursing, medical assisting, dental assisting and other health careers where skilled professionals are in demand. The community is invited to learn more by attending the event in the main lobby of the Heath Careers & Sciences Building.

Those interested in the dental program can visit the remodeled state-of-the-art dental clinic, which offers dental care to community members along with a training facility for dental assisting and dental hygienist students.

Healing Garden to Open By Robert Rozboril, NV Staff Reporter UNIVERSITY CIRCLE - University Hospitals’ Seidman Cancer Center will open the 13,000 sq. ft. Schneider Healing Garden this month funded by a $2.75 million donation by Robert Schneider and his wife Cindy. The Schneider’s made the donation in January 2007 to build the garden in honor of Robert’s parents, Mary and Albert, who both died of cancer. “Cancer has touched our lives in a significant way and we wanted to fund these healing gardens for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to help patients cope with the rigors of treatment,” said Robert Schneider in a press release.

Accessible tours will guide visitors through the health career labs on the Metro Campus. Visitors can also tour the new Preventative Care Center with representatives from physical and occupational therapy. Visitors interested in nursing will have an opportunity to tour the nursing labs, which feature Human Patient Simulators. The computer-driven mannequins represent the entire physical characteristics of adult patients and allows for the demonstration of various clinical signs including breathing, pulses, heart sounds, lung sounds and chest excursion all similar to human responses. The simulators provide hands-on learning for students since they react to medical procedures including intravenous drugs, CPR, catheterization and breathing disorders like a collapsed lung.

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make up a granite labyrinth in the center of the garden. Granite rock walls along the outer edges add to the garden’s atmosphere. All of these features are designed to enhance the mental and emotional well-being among patients and to allow them to forget about their troubles for a while. In addition to the healing garden, there is also a terrace garden that offers patients a viewing spot from the west side of the building. The Schneider Healing Garden will be open year-round to patients as well as family members to come and enjoy.

Virginia Burt of Visionscapes Landscape Architects conceived the garden’s design with inspiration from an A.A. Milne poem, “Halfway Up,” and input from cancer survivors.

Attendees will have access to financial aid information and the opportunity to meet with academic counselors from Tri-C. Parking on campus is open to anyone who purchases a Tri-C hangtag permit costing $1. Permits are available in vending machines located near building entrances. For more information about the event or health careers at Tri-C, call 216-987-4417 or visit

“Patients said they wanted a strong sense that they were somewhere else,” said Alicia Reale media relations manager at University Hospitals. “It’s going to be beautiful.” The garden, located adjacent to Seidman, has more than 75 plant species, sloped walkways and sculptures all intended to offer mental relief to cancer patients. It has lighting fixtures that cycle through a sequence of colors intended to reflect the seven chakras, or energy points, in the body and that incorporate the signs for Earth, wind, fire and water. These include a dancing water fountain and a wind sculpture that moves with the breeze. There are 955 pieces of hand-cut stone that

New Mural at Bookstore By Robert Rozboril, NV Staff Reporter BUCKEYE-SHAKER – Loganberry Books, one of Cleveland’s last independent bookstores, just got a lot more colorful, thanks to a large mural outside the store of 32 building-size books arranged on a shelf. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the store, 13015 Larchmere Ave., one block north of Shaker Square. “We called out to the community, to people, who live here and work here,” said Joyce Pratt, who co-chaired a committee of 15 area business owners who organized the project. The committee set the project in motion in February 2010 when they began the search for an artist who was right for the job. Pratt said they received 12 to 15 design concepts from local artists before selecting artist and musician Gene Epstein of Cleveland Heights. Epstein’s mural is made up of several photo-

graphs of books. The enlarged photos were glued onto plywood boards that were then pieced together to form the complete mural. Epstein worked on the project in a friend’s woodshop on East 36th Street with the help of two assistants, Bill Hoose and Diana Petrauskaus. Residents and business owners suggested the book titles that appear in the mural. Pratt said the committee had to get permission from the publishing companies before the chosen books could be included. A $10,000 grant from the St. Luke’s Foundation paid for the mural. The project also is part of Octavofest, an annual event series organized by Art Books Cleveland and funded by the George Gund Foundation. Art Books Cleveland is an organization committed to advancing appreciation of books and other literary materials. For more information about Octavofest, check out

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Antoine Moss Ph.D. It’s not always easy growing up in a tough part of any city, but Antoine Moss (now Doctor Antoine Moss, since receiving a Ph.D earlier this year) and five of his junior high school friends in East Cleveland developed a strategy: They formed a clique and called themselves “6 Deep.” “A ‘clique’ is simply another word for a gang, but a gang with good intentions,” Moss said recently. “We were all pretty good athletes and not too bad as students, so we banded together as a kind of mutual support group and it kept us out of trouble … together we were able to resist negative peer pressure by creating a positive peer pressure among ourselves.” It wasn’t all that hard for Moss, now 28, to buy into the concept; in fact, he was actually one of the leaders of the group. Growing up in a single-parent household with two brothers (one two years older, the other two years younger) he learned strong faith values from his mother as a child, and those values have served him well throughout his life.

In 2010, AT&T recognized Moss as one of 28 “National Movers & Shakers” during its 28 Days of Inspiration campaign during Black History Month. In AT&T’s words, “Antoine is quickly gaining national recognition as a community leader...”   Since 2006, Moss has been employed by NASA’s Glenn Research Center and he has also worked as a consultant with Dunn Research and Consulting, LTD., which specializes in urban educational research and program evaluation. He is also the founder and executive director of Community Healers Acknowledging Needs Goals and Expectations — C.H.A.N.G.E. Volunteers, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization devoted to developing and

“While some young people might idolize Jay-Z, I’m more into Kirk Franklin,” he said. After attending East Cleveland’s Superior Elementary School, Kirk Junior High and then Shaw High School (where he was a starter on both the football and basketball teams every year) he was recruited by Washington & Jefferson College. He later transferred to Baldwin-Wallace College, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. From there, he went on to earn his master’s degree in 2007 and his Ph.D in public administration this year, both from Cleveland State University. He conducted his dissertation research on leadership and the talent development of Generation Y. He remains close with his elementary school principal, Clayton Burroughs, who has served as a mentor over the years. Together they are involved in a number of business and community ventures.

empowering its members and various community residents through consistent volunteer initiatives, professional workshops, educational conferences and team building programs. With the goal in mind of developing future leaders, Moss wrote the book “Learn to Intern CEO Style.” Through extensive research and broad, personal experience, he developed 71 leadership principles, which he offers to high school and college students, on how to succeed in the internship arena. Moss has come a long way since his “6 Deep” days, but, then again, maybe not all that far.

Mansfield Frazier is a journalist living in Hough.


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September 2011 • Issue 2

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One Man’s Story By Chris Kestner

In the middle of fall quarter my senior year at Bowling Green State University, I began to experience symptoms of a mental illness. With the help of family and friends, I left school to enter a psychiatric hospital and was discharged weeks later. Ultimately, I returned to college and graduated three years later. After graduating from Bowling Green, I held three successive sales positions in three years. Despite moderate success in those jobs, I was let go, sometimes due to my illness. I decided to enter the master’s program in business at Case Western Reserve University. However, deadlines and final exams became a burden too great for my mind to bear. Consequently, I was hospitalized once a year for three straight years while attending school. Fortunately, with understanding faculty and administrative staff at CWRU, I graduated in 1988. Weeks after graduating from CWRU, the roof caved in. The next seven years were spent in day treatment centers where methods like

group therapy were implemented to help me gain control over the symptoms of the illness.

In 1995, I was introduced to Magnolia Clubhouse in University Circle. I had never experienced a rehabilitative setting like this in my life. Clubhouse members and staff worked side-by-side in a collaborative environment to accomplish the tasks of the day. Emphasis was placed on increasing confidence by completing tasks independently. Freedom to fail as well as succeed was the norm. I remained at Magnolia Clubhouse for the next 15 years. I got involved with a part of the clubhouse called Transitional Employment. In this program, members worked in part-time temporary work positions in the community where confidence earned in the clubhouse could be applied in the workplace. I have held three of those Transitional Employment positions. Since completing my last TE, I have held two work positions outside of Magnolia Clubhouse that I found, interviewed for and managed on my own time. Looking back, it’s easy for me to see how

Magnolia Clubhouse contributed to my recovery from this illness. For people with a mental illness, reality comes from the ideas and thoughts you cannot readily control, not from what is in front of you or from what professionals tell you. Magnolia Clubhouse helped me to gain perspective on my illness and myself. Mental illness also has a way of making it impossible to develop self-esteem. Magnolia Clubhouse has enabled me to improve the way I see myself and improve my self-image through completing tasks, socializing with members and working in TE positions. Lastly, Magnolia Clubhouse has provided me with a sense of independence that I feel would have been impossible to find in other psychiatric rehabilitative settings. The best way to summarize is to say that I now have options I have not had in almost 15 years. My future goal is to return to sales, to a position that offers challenges professionally. And I know that after I achieve my goal, my days at Magnolia Clubhouse will not be long forgotten.

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Bipolar disorder is characterized by moods that swing between two extremes: super high and super low.


Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is characterized by moods that swing between two extremes: super high and super low. People with bipolar disorder can experience severe depressions. They also have episodes of hypomania, the abnormally “up” moods that typify bipolar II disorder, or mania, the WAY-overthe-top moods that occur with bipolar I. Dr. Lilian Gonsalvez, vice chair of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, said: “To be bipolar you have to at least one episode of mania. Most of the other [abnormal mood] episodes are depression.” “Some researchers say it runs in families,” Gonsalvez added. “If there is suicide in a patient’s family, unless otherwise proven, that is suggestive of bipolar disorder.” Gonsalvez also provided a somber statistic from the National Institute of Mental Health: Twenty percent of bipolar patients commit suicide. However, she added, “Treatment minimizes suffering.” In fact, research shows that bipolar patients who take appropriate medication, get therapy and avoid substance abuse are less likely to fall prey to suicide. Gonsalvez stressed that diagnosing bipolar disorder takes time. “The best diagnosis is made by following [a] patient over time,” she said. “It’s hard to make this [bipolar] diagnosis just by meeting a patient once.” Angela Wilkes, of Wilkes Mental Health in Beachwood, counsels bipolar clients at the office she shares with her husband, psychiatrist Dr. Gary Wilkes. She agreed that diagnosing bipolar disorder takes time. “A person who is in a manic or hypomanic phase is not going to go to a doctor,” she said. “They


feel good. They think they’re on top of the world … so why should they go [to a doctor]?” “Often what is treated is depression,” Wilkes said. “At that point it may be the crash and burn of ‘I’ve lost yet another job;’ ‘My spouse or partner has left me;’ ‘I’ve disappointed my children again;’ ‘I’ve borrowed all the money I can.’ They’re depressed and they may go for counseling or treatment.”

Bipolar by the Numbers 5.7 million people in the United States have bipolar disorder

She added: “A person may tell you they have a history of three to five treatments of antidepressant medications and none of those worked.”

Almost two-thirds of people with bipolar disorder have a close family member with it or with unipolar depression disorder

“Well, that would be correct,” Wilkes said. “That’s typically not the appropriate treatment, alone, for a person with bipolar (disorder).”

A child with one bipolar parent has a 15-30 percent risk of being bipolar

Wilkes encouraged people with bipolar disorder to notice when they are entering hypomania or mania territory. So, if you’re bipolar and can’t resist the urge to rush outside and belt out the lyrics to Katy Perry’s “Firework”, according to Wilkes, you need to “scale it back two or three notches.” Knowledge gives you power over bipolar disorder. So whether you’re bipolar or your child or another loved one is, make it your lifelong habit to read and learn about the condition and how to maintain good health overall. Some ways to do that are: learn about the human brain — an organ that can be affected by illness just like the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs can; watch television journalist and bipolar disorder survivor Jane Pauley’s interviews with experts at bipolar-tv/default.htm; or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website at http://www. index.shtml. Your practice of good mental health habits teaches others — including young people — how to be healthy, too.

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A child with two bipolar parents has a 50-75 percent risk of being bipolar It can take up to 10 years for a person to be accurately diagnosed as bipolar Bipolar disorder ranks sixth worldwide as a leading cause of disability 1 in 5 people with bipolar disorder commit suicide. Bipolar medication can decrease suicide risk by 80 percent Sources: National Institute of Mental Health, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, World Health Organization and

If you think you might harm yourself or others call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800273-8255. If you think you or a loved one might be bipolar, it’s very important that you talk to a health practitioner about your concerns.


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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

By M. LaVora Perry

Doctors, nurses, mental health counselors, family, friends, neighbors and social workers can make up a health care team. Working with your teammates and taking the following steps can empower you to successfully manage your life.

Dr. Robert Findling, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, said in children, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD, may be misdiagnosed as bipolar, or bipolar may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. Furthermore, children and teens can have symptoms that seem like those of bipolar or ADHD, but are not. Or a child can be bipolar and not display all known bipolar symptoms or not display them all at once.

1. Be Self Aware You are the leading player on your health care team. So… Notice your mood — know when it’s euphoric (happy high), dysphoric (angry high), depressed (very low) or normal.

Findling said: “The problem is all those symptoms are very common in kids with emotional or behavioral difficulties and none of them are specific to bipolar disorder in many people.” For an accurate pediatric diagnosis, Findling said, a child or teen must be “seen by someone who’s familiar with the condition” in children. Findling maintains that University Hospital began studying pediatric bipolar disorder 15 years ago “before anyone else was even talking about it.” He said he and his colleagues “spend more time undiagnosing those who’ve been given the [bipolar] label than we actually do ascribing it to first diagnosed youngsters.” Important factors to consider when a young person seems to have bipolar-like symptoms are the symptoms’ “frequency, intensity and severity,” Findling said. If your child has a mental health condition, by seeking appropriate treatment, you are fulfilling your responsibility as a parent. Lack of treatment “only comes back to hurt the children later [in adulthood],” Dr. Gary Wilkes said.

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Dr. Lilian Gonsalvez Vice Chair, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology

2. Take Medication Most bipolar disorder experts agree that the condition requires lifelong medication. This may consist of a mood stabilizer or an atypical antipsychotic, as well as an antidepressant. Antidepressants alone are not recommended for people with bipolar disorder because, taken without a mood stabilizer or an atypical psychotic, they can trigger hypomania or mania.

“The big thing that stops

Alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments for bipolar disorder are also available.

people from seeing a psychiatrist is stigma

3. Get Therapy Individual and/or group mental health therapy (counseling) is key to bipolar treatment success.

There are good treat-

So... Learn, through therapy, how to be aware of, and better understand, manage and control your thoughts, feelings, moods and behavior.

ments available. You

When necessary, talk to your therapist about your medication.

[fear and shame] ...

need to see a good psychiatrist to make the correct diagnosis.”

“You don’t ask to get pneumonia or cancer or heart disease any more than you ask to be bipolar,” Dr. Gary Wilkes said. “It’s a real illness ... You can’t treat it by yourself.”

If, after a few trial sessions, you’re not comfortable with your therapist, keep looking until you find one you prefer. Use therapy to quit substance abuse—substance abuse undermines bipolar disorder treatment. 4. Sleep Well Poor sleep habits trigger bipolar symptoms. So... Go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day; vary your daily sleep and wake times by no more than 60 minutes.

Daily, eat more fresh vegetables and fruits than other foods; choose produce of different colors, including dark leafy greens. Drink plain water whenever you’re thirsty. Avoid “junk” food, sugar, fatty meats and highcarbohydrate “white” foods like white bread, rice, flour, noodles and skinless white potatoes. Choose whole grain carbs instead. Eat a small amount of healthy food just before bedtime to keep from waking at night. 6. Exercise Exercise eases stress and boosts mental health. So… Talk to your doctor about any new exercise routine you plan to start. Do heart and lung (cardiovascular) fitness exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five or more days a week. (For example, take brisk walks.) If you’re 17 years or younger, you need 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily Do muscle-strengthening exercises for 20 minutes a day, twice a week — exercises that strengthen your arm, back, chest, abdomen and leg muscles. (For example, carry light hand weights while walking, lift weights for 20 minutes or do Pilates with a DVD or YouTube video.) 7. Manage, Reduce Stress Excessive stress triggers bipolar symptoms. So… Juggle no more than three major responsibilities at once. When stressed or upset, take deep breaths and/ or slowly count down from 10. Take relaxing walks outdoors — in nature when possible. Do yoga or T’ai Chi in a class or with a DVD or online video.

Neither sleep too much nor too little.

Meditate or pray to relax.

Avoid caffeine or limit it to the morning.

Create a support network consisting of family, friends, neighbors, social workers and others who encourage you and can provide you with practical help — such as with daily chores, childcare and eldercare — when you need it. Participate in faith community activities.

Don’t nap — napping can make you wake in the middle of the night. 5. Eat Well Hunger and poor dietary habits trigger bipolar symptoms. So continuously feed your brain well… Never skip breakfast; eat lunch and dinner; eat every three hours, with three healthy snacks between meals and a pre-bedtime snack.

Dr. Gary Wilkes and Angela Wilkes, LPCC, of Wilkes Mental Health, Beachwood

C, B-complex and D (15,000 mg daily), the amino acid LTheanine and the minerals magnesium and calcium.

Daily, with food, take a multivitamin and these brain-boosting nutritional supplements: Omega 3 fish oil* (especially high DHA types), vitamins

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To find affordable or no-fee mental healthcare providers near you, contact the Ohio Department of Mental Health at 1-877-275-6364 (1888-636-4889 TTY), by emailing askODMH@ or at getting-treatment/index.shtml.

September 2011 • Issue 2



My longest episodes of depression occurred within the last two years and left me unable to get out of bed. I couldn’t chant much, or even move most days. If I had to be around people other than my husband and kids, I pretended. I smiled, conversed, worked and volunteered. Therefore, few people knew how deeply I suffered. But eventually, my depression led to me thinking, “Being dead would be better than this.” I knew my harmful thinking was a major warning. So I visited my doctor for an antidepressant prescription.  The medicine immediately snapped me into a jittery “up” mood. After being depressed for months, “up” seemed like a blessing. However, in time, I became depressed again. In April, I returned to seeing a mental health counselor. Soon after, I discovered I have bipolar II disorder, a mental illness that runs in families and is also called manic depression. The kind of serious depressions I’ve had since before my teen years are typical for someone with bipolar II. These depressions cause bipolar II to often be misdiagnosed as unipolar (major) depression — the diagnosis doctors always gave me. But unlike someone with unipolar depression, without knowing it, I’ve also had bouts of hypomania — times when I’ve felt naturally high. I never saw my hypomania as problematic because although sometimes it made me violently angry, most of the time, hypomania felt good. However, during those “good” times, I did abnormal things like stay up all night writing and spend so much time working I ignored my and my family’s needs even though I felt guilty about it. I realized the antidepressant I’d recently taken made me hypomanic because antidepressants can do that to people with bipolar II disorder. I learned that like others with bipolar II disorder, as a young adult, I’d suffered with eating disorders and drug abuse. Before I learned I was bipolar, after doing some Internet research, I’d started a natural treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a severe depression and anger felt monthly before menstrual periods. I found out that premenstrual dysphoric disorder can be worse for bipolar women. To my amazement, the treatment I tried, a natural progesterone ointment, stopped my bipolar symptoms. I can’t remember the last time I went as long as I have now — almost five months — without getting depressed. Natural progesterone


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Ever since I became Buddhist, I’ve prayed to completely overcome depression. I’ve also held onto a vision of the person I hoped to be: confident, able to fully love and appreciate myself, happy. I’ve wanted to be this person since I was a teenager. I thought I’d be her by my 40th birthday in 2001. But I wasn’t.

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turned my years of prayers to overcome depression into reality. Progesterone is a hormone, a chemical messenger in the body. The natural progesterone I use is similar to the hormones our bodies make. During a telephone interview, Michael Platt, of California, told me natural progesterone cream can correct the brain chemistry imbalance that causes depressed or hypomanic moods. I felt so relieved to finally know what was “wrong” with me: I had an inherited brain condition. And even better, I had found its remedy. I order natural progesterone cream online. Fortunately, both my family practitioner and OB-GYN doctors support my decision to use a treatment that helps me. They entered the cream into my medical records as I asked them to do. Ultimately, my health is my responsibility- - not a doctor’s or anyone else’s. So I keep reading and learning all I can about how to take care of it. For instance, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge by interviewing the experts whose insights inform this issue of Neighborhood Voice and by talking to people who’ve had symptoms like mine. I sent an email to Doris King, 33, a certified mental health professional and the author of “Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.” She told me: “Natural progesterone saved my life. I get scared when I think of how my life would be without it.” I’ve learned how crucial it is for me to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, neither sleep too little nor too much, eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, manage and reduce stress and not overload on responsibilities.

by Cynthia L. Lewis

Peter B. Lewis Building 11119 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, 44106

In 1965, in one of the first leveraged buyouts in history, Peter B. Lewis took control of Progressive Corporation, his family’s 100-employee Cleveland insurance company. His radical idea: insure drivers no other company would touch. Forty years later, when Lewis became chairman of the company, his radical idea had turned Progressive into a global powerhouse. In 2010, the company had more than 27,000 employees and $15 billion in revenue. In 1999, Lewis donated $36.9 million to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University for the building that now bears his name. It was the most recent gift in a series of contributions to the university in honor of four generations of the Lewis family who have attended Case. Dedicated in 2002, the Peter B. Lewis building, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is one of the most advanced management school facilities in the world. It reflects Weatherhead’s international reputation for innovative management education. Interior spaces are specifically designed to encourage informal student-faculty interaction, making teachers and students equal partners in the learning process. Multiple classroom configurations accommodate a variety of teaching

techniques and group interaction. No two classrooms are exactly alike, so students are constantly faced with changing perspectives. The Lewis building reflects the spirit of Weatherhead’s innovative approach and clearly places Weatherhead in the vanguard of business education. It redefines the way a business school should look, just as Weatherhead redefines the way management education should be taught. Lewis, the grants manager and office administrator at Neighborhood Connections, is earning a master’s degree in public administration at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

I’m learning to be aware of my moods and symptoms. When I notice I’m becoming unusually “up” or witchily angry, I adjust my health habits if they’ve been slipping. My adjustments include making sure I apply progesterone cream on time and in amounts my body’s symptoms tell me I need. I’m learning about relatives who, based on the fact they abused substances, may have unknowingly been bipolar. I see my health victory as a victory for my past, present and future family members. And best of all, by talking with my counselor, I learned to fill the hole in my soul with me, to love and appreciate myself and to see that everything I need lies within my heart.

If you think you might harm yourself or others call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Information provided by Neighborhood Voice does not replace your need to talk with medical professionals about your health concerns. Read more of M. LaVora Perry’s series on bipolar disorder in this issue of Neighborhood Voice.

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September 2011 • Issue 2

NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTING Block Parties in Glenville, A Community Meal in Hough and

brought people together around Greater University Circle. School Days in Central

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Healthy Cooking Tips By Robert Rozboril, NV Staff Reporter LITTLE ITALY - Learn how to cook and eat healthy at Murray Hill Market starting Oct. 15. Here’s how it works: Bring a pot, grocery bag or any container to the store. Pick up a recipe card that lists how to make simple, healthy soups. Grab the ingredients, like a chicken or turkey for $2 or $3 along with onions and other items. “We’re going to start with the basics,” said Michele Buckholtz, who owns the store with her husband David. “Chicken rice, turkey rice, chicken noodle: just simple soups like that.” We will “try to give them helpful hints on how to cook,” she added. Michele Buckholtz first thought of the idea a year ago. Ensuring that people eat right is nothing new to her. She cooks for a local fraternity house several nights a week for free and offers them tips on portion sizes and healthy eating habits as well as cooking. “

Monroe Cuff and Mary Lillum at the Ashbury/East 108th - 115th Street block party.

Anyone interested is encouraged to come to the store at Murray Hill Road, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Just remember to bring a pot.

Shakiya Blue, 19, with her sister Naturi, 8, at the Carl and Louis Stokes Central Academy.

The Sara J. Harper Children’s Library is holding

auditions Oct. 9 for models to appear in a fashion show.

Essay winners at the Ashbury/East 108th - 115th Street block party. Block party photos courtesy of Wanda Davis, Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center.

The auditions are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Sara J. Harper Children’s Library, 2453 E. 43rd St. Ten to 20 women and five to10 men will be selected to model in the fashion show called “An Evening with Style & Grace with The Honorable Sara J. Harper” to be held Nov. 6 at the Masonic Temple Performing Arts Center, 2615 Euclid Ave. Mr. Vernon Robinson, the fashion show producer, can be contacted at 216-534-8145 for more information. The Sara J. Harper Leadership Institute-Phoenix 500, a non-profit organization, sponsors “An Evening of Style and Grace with The Honorable Sara H. Harper”. Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Library.

Diners at the Masjid Bilal Iftar on Saturday, Aug. 20 in Hough. An Iftar is an evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Photo courtesy of Albert Najieb, Masjid Bilal.

Asiya Benifield, 12, Rolando Scott, 9, and Angel Nickens, 11, at the Wade Park Cluster of Churches Community Bazaar on Sept. 3.

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The Mission of the library is to provide a safe environment that encourages and promotes reading, learning and positive avenues for selfrealization.

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