Bipolar Disorder Resources
“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder almost 30 years ago. I am very open about my struggles over the years. My blog includes my story, descriptions and tips for depression and mania, things I have done while manic, other people’s stories who suffer from various mental illnesses and entries from my mom. I am a strong advocate so some of my blogs are informative to help raise awareness in hopes to erase the stigma and better the lives of those inflicted with a mental illness.”
Bipolarcaregivers.org strives to provide a useful, easily accessible information website for caregivers of people with bipolar disorder. Through this resource you will find how bipolar disorder is treated, managed, as well as many other helpful topics related to bipolar disorder. There is also information on how a caregiver can help a person with bipolar disorder, and how to better take care of themselves.
HelpGuide.org – Bipolar Disorder Resources
“The extreme highs and lows of bipolar disorder can interfere with work, school, relationships, and your daily life. But you’re not powerless.”
Help Guide.org’s articles outline in clear terms everything you need to get started on your way to coping with bipolar disorder; including symptoms, treatment options, suicide prevention, medication guide and more.
McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Web
In 2004, an editorial in the British Medical Journal cited two Stanford University studies that found that “expert patients” who took the trouble to learn about their illness and took active steps to manage it had much better outcomes than those who did not.
This website is meant to help individuals by giving them insight into their illness and behaviors, helping them make their own choices in treatment and recovery. Content includes more than 100 articles on all aspects of depression and bipolar disorder, plus news, links, newsletter, forum, books and message boards.
NIMH Bipolar Disorder
The mission statement of the NIMH is ‘Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses’. To that end, they provide a comprehensive overview of many mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, exploring the condition in detail, covering its symptoms, treatments and research findings.
PsychEducation.org offers free, reliable and detailed information on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, especially Bipolar II. The focus of the site is, as the author puts it, “about the entire spectrum of mood problems that are more than plain depression but not ever manic.”
VeryWellMind.com – Bipolar Disorder Resources
“Although the cause of bipolar disorder isn’t known, there are effective treatments. Learn more about the disorder, how to manage its symptoms, and more.”
Bipolar Support Groups
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers an abundance of helpful resources and support in order to educate and assist those affected by either depression or bipolar disorder:
“As independent affiliates of DBSA in their communities, DBSA chapters offer peer-run support groups across the nation where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others. The selection of services offered differs by chapter, depending upon the needs of its participants. Most support groups are volunteer-run and provide self-help through facilitated meetings. Our support groups do not serve as group therapy; however, many of our chapters have professional advisers (typically a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, or social worker) from the community.”
Psych Central’s Bipolar Support Group
Psych Central’s own online bipolar support group allows you to read other peoples’ experiences with bipolar disorder, and also provide your own (if you’d like). Private and secure, the Psych Central Community is one of the longest-running online mental health communities, since 1999.
Membership is free and the community is overseen by a team of dedicated individuals that help keep the forums safe and welcoming for all.
Newburn, P. (2019). Bipolar Disorder Resources. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/bipolar/bipolar-disorder-resources/