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Best Bipolar Disorder Resources

Updated on September 19, 2012
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Bipolar Disorder For Dummies
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies

A great introduction that will give you hope for recovery

 

After the initial diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and before the acceptance stage even happens, there's a strong urge to find out more about it for the sufferer and hopefully from their carers, family and friends.

Bipolar Disorder is on such a continuum that it is always good to remember that everyone is unique. You will find all kinds of information online; some of it you will relate to and some of it you won't. Although people will quote lists of symptoms and try to give you a sub-classification, this doesn't mean that it will necessarily be completely accurate. This doesn't make you an unusual or untreatable case, it just makes you YOU.

The best thing you can do for your health is to visit you medical practitioner regularly, and take your medication as prescribed. If you have any medical problems then discuss them, don't keep it to yourself. Doctors are there to help you, not judge you, and if they do judge get a second opinion.

Believe me, I know from personal experience, how hard the road to recovery can be.

Official and nonprofit webpages

Many countries have websites that are aimed to help you achieve mental wellness and provide support when you're not feeling good. They have great free resources and can point you in the direction of local agencies, practitioners and support groups.

Some examples are shown below:

USA

Canada

UK

Australia

International


A brief note from Stephen Fry...

Stephen Fry has made a television series with the BBC about Bipolar disorder (manic depression).

Below is a short commentary that he gave to introduce the show and explain how he came to be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder himself.

My hero: John McManamy

For in depth information from a patients point of view John McManamy is my absolute favourite. In my opinion he has THE best Bipolar resource on the web.

He has also written a very popular book on the subject shown above.

Basket Weaving for Beginners....

There's a personal website of a fellow traveller in the world of bipolarity that I would recommend you visit.

It's full of useful information and plenty of humour; aptly named "basket weaving for beginners" in honour of those of use who have spent any time in the hospital craft room learning to weave said baskets :-)

This site has been recommended by the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Online forums

Online forums give you the chance to ask questions anonymously and also see the kinds of questions that other people are asking.

Sometimes when you have a mental health issue it's very difficult to meet with people face to face to discuss things that can be very disturbing. Forums can give you a sense of community without a feeling of being exposed or overwhelmed.

Examples of online forums are below, and you can also go ahead and find your own niche.

Psychforums- Bipolar disorder

Healthboards-Bipolar Forum

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Forum

Finding out who you are

If you suddenly find yourself with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder you can lose your of sense of who you are. Remember that you are not defined by your disorder.

Often you will feel the need to find a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Spend some time getting to know yourself and be your own best friend. Find out what you like and what you are good at. Value yourself and give yourself compassion. Often we can be our own worst enemy.

There a quite a few personality tests that you can find online, which will help you to discover what kind of profession you would be best suited for. An example of one of these personality.

Believe me you ARE worth it... :-)

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      KitsJay 6 years ago from Houston

      McMan's site is one of my favorite sites and one of the earliest ones I came across when I was first diagnosed and looking for resources.

      I wish I had seen this sooner, but I look forward to checking out some of the links you provided!

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Glad to be helpful 6hotfingers3, when I started out there seemed to be nothing obvious!

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      6hotfingers3 6 years ago

      Great hub. I have a friend whose child has bipolar disorder. It wrecks havoc in his life mainly because he does not want to take his medication. Life is difficult when he is experiencing an episode. When he is well he thinks he does not need the meds and the cycle continues. Thank you for providing resources people may not have known about.

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks for your comment Flora. It's very tempting to stop taking medication when you're feeling better especially if you're having side-effects. Definitely not a good idea tho' !

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I know someone with Bipolar disorder. When he takes his medication he functions just fine. But there are days that I've seen him in public when he hasn't taken his meds and I can tell in a second when this is. Odd thing is, I knew him for over a decade before I found out because I had never seen him when he hadn't taken his medication before.

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