Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
National Capital Area Chapter
P.O. Box 341191
Bethesda, MD 20827-1191
We recognize that we often benefit as much by supporting others as we do by receiving support. -DBSA NCA Sharing Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
What is DBSA NCA?
We are a local chapter to the Washington DC area of an organization that connects peers who experience mood disorders in meetings. We are peers - people who also experience mood disorders. We are not doctors, psychiatrists, or therapists.
Are meetings free? Do I have to pre-register?
Meetings are free to all who experience mood disorders, or, to those who support them (Family, Friends, & Loved Ones Meeting). You do not have to be local to join one of our virtual meetings. You do not have to pre-register to join.
How do I access meetings?
We have utilized Google Calendar to host all our meeting information. On our Support Groups & Events page, on the right on desktop or below the meeting list on mobile, you can find this calendar. To access a specific meeting, click on the event title. This should show you meeting location or link, and specific directions you may need to follow for in person meetings.
Do you know a good therapist/psychiatrist/doctor?
Subjects of doctors, and medications, often come up in our meetings. We are not healthcare professionals, and as such do not recommend specific doctors. However, you may be able to find a doctor with the resources on our General Resources or Local Resources pages.
Who do I contact if I am in crisis?
Our chapter is not a crisis organization, and calls to our dedicated voicemail line will be responded to in roughly 24 hours. If you need more timely help, there are several options open to you, including DBSA National's Crisis Page. If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, call 988 or text DBSA to 741-741. If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.