Bipolar Support Groups

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Bipolar support groups help create a viable way to cope with manic depression and they serve as vehicles for better understanding as well. Learning as much as possible about the diagnosis is a crucial step towards proper management and treatment.

Benefits of Support Groups

Obtaining knowledge about bipolar disorders requires more than simply reading the criteria outlined in the diagnostic manual. Real-life experiences offer wonderful insight and people who share similar experiences offer excellent support for one another. Knowledge is empowering in nearly every aspect of life, including mood disorders.

Lack of knowledge is frightening and it can lead to unnecessary stress and agitation. Unwarranted fears can result in a magnification of the symptoms, making recovery very difficult. Taking time to learn about bipolar disorder can help individuals treat the condition effectively.

Support groups are valuable because members are able to provide useful advice that professional may not recognize. Small details about daily life are of great importance and it is difficult to make recommendations without having adequate experience.

Making Connections

Isolation is a significant problem for people who have manic depression. Bipolar support groups provide opportunities for individuals to make strong connections with people who have similar experiences. Having an empathetic ear is so very valuable for people who have bipolar disorder.

Where to Find Bipolar Support Groups

The first place to look for a support group for bipolar disorder is your physician’s surgery. This is the most viable approach to finding an organisation within close proximity. Many surgeries offer information readily in the form of leaflets that outline support groups for various conditions.

Some people choose to conduct research online in order to find a bipolar support group in close proximity. There are online support groups to consider as well. These convenient forums offer insight from people around the world. The convenient approach makes attending meetings quite simple since there is no need to commute.

Coping Strategies

One of the most impressive benefits to joining a bipolar support group is learning how to develop coping skills. Bipolar people share how they manage their condition and they provide valuable insight ranging from a number of different perspective.

Some members are quite new to the condition and they share how they handle the diagnosis whist others have been managing their conditions for many years. Everyone has a unique experience with bipolar disorder but each insight offers valuable information and coping strategies.

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22 Comments

  1. brian boyd
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    i have just recently considered that i may have a bipolar disorder. after feeling alert, enthusiastic, happy and eager to do things over the past few days. i got to thinking that because i had been feeling really depressed anxious, worthless and various other negative feelings and lack of sleep and appetite for the past month or so, and the mania again before that. i decided to look at some websites woithin the lasur or so and the symptoms listed are me down to a tee. also after reading about various circumstances that can bring on a bipolar disorder, i was shocked to identify with some of them. looking back, i have had this for quite a while. maybe even years and it has never been diagnosed. what do i need to do to get a good diagnosis either way? i don’t know how i will feel if i am, but at least i will be able to do something about it. i will be peeved of if i am diagnosed, as i have went so long without anyone recognising the symptoms.

  2. Victor Burkwood
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I was diagnosed with Bi polar in my twenties when I was a student nurse. It resulted in me having ect and lithium. I am a trained nurse and so controlled my medication and used it on ‘when needed basis’.
    Once I had had some exposure to a twelve step programme my life changed dramatically and when assessed by a ‘forensic Psychologist’ he could not find any evidence of bi polar! When I was on a 12 step programme I had to deal with certain events around physical and sexual abuse during childhood. I now believe that facing these major issues made a massive difference to my life. Courage in life is sometimes hard to do, but oh is it so necessary!!!!

  3. CARMELINA TAPLIN
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    interested in a local support group for High Wycombe Buckinghamshire.

  4. Katrina Horvath
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I have been diagnosed with Bipolar for the last 10 years, and I am lookig to find a support group within the Buckinghamshire,Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire.

  5. penny cornelius
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    i have bipolar and have just nearly thrown my marriage away by lying ordering stuff in my husbands name and not telling him .I dont know what to do i have left us in so much debt and i dont know how to put it right can anybody help.I live in warrington cheshire help

  6. Nick
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I am in a relationship with a lady who is worrying me. Her family have a history of bipolar behaviour, with both of her brothers suffering from depression (one of them committed suicide) and his children are also sufferers.
    I have read a lot about the problem and she shows a lot of the symptoms such as irrational anger, mood swings,restlessness,uncaring, etc, etc. I dare not suggest that she seek advice, but her behaviour is causing me a lot of problems and I do not know how long I can go on living like this, as I never know when she is going to disappear for hours on end and she resents telling me where she is going. I only want to know as I am concerned for her safety and not to pry. I was married for nearly thirty years prior to this relationship and I find it strange behaviour, although I realise that if she does suffer from a bipolar disorder then she cannot help it. I need to know if this is the case and then I can decide my next course of action. Any advice would be really appreciated

  7. annette herrington
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for a support group I live in Billericay Essex
    anyone no of one nearby

  8. leanne
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    i am a bipolar sufferer and have been for seven years.i was in an abusive relationship,we parted 2 years ago.however i have two beautiful children with him and i became unwell last year.i am now going through a custody battle.really down.anyone been through similar experience?

  9. Nick
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I have just come out of a relationship with a bi-polar woman. I managed to hang in there for seven years putting up with her sometimes strange behaviour, but then she did what her two brothers who are and were also sufferers did, she just left, with no future to go to other than to hopefully return to a 9 to 5 job, living in a crap area of the UK with lots of crime. Her older brother committed suicide and left a wife and two kids (Who are also sufferers). Her younger brother just upped and left his partner and his home and went off on his own.She refused to accept that she was also susceptible to the illness because of her family history and would not seek treatment.
    She has lived with me in France for 3 years in a quiet peaceful area where she did exactly as she pleased. If she wanted to hide away she did, if she wanted to go out then she did, with or without me as she chose.I don’t see what else I could do to try to give her a stress free life and try to keep the effects of the illness to a minimum.
    My heart goes out to any person,partner,husband or wife who has to cope with living with a sufferer.
    I am devastated after committing my life to her, but let this be a warning to all others in a similar situation.
    do what you can for them but ultimately if they won’t seek treatment then you risk losing them forever

  10. Karla
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    I live in Orlando, fl and I suffer from bipolar. I am looking for a support group so I can talk to people that can understand what’s like to live on a rollercoster. Please let me know if anyone out there want to vent;

  11. Dan
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking for a support group in the colchester area for Bipolar/cyclothymia as I was diagnosed with cyclothymia a few months back. Need to just off load and speak to people who are going through the same things as me. Loneliness,jealousy and anger with depression is a big problem for me. Get in touch soon would like to hear from people who can relate. x

  12. Jackie
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Is there a Bi-P olar support group in Southampton? please

  13. Jackie
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    are there support groups in southampton?

  14. karen dews
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I think i might be a bipolar suffer as for 15 years i have been suffin from depression , im on medication for it, but the last 12 months i have heared about bipola the symptons what people have is just the same as mine.I was sexual abused at a very young age and was abused from my ex husband,I punish my self a lot i have suicide thoughts and i have things in my head all the time for the last 3 weeks my head as been shakin constantly apart from when im a sleep im very fidgity im always shouting and scraming at my new husband for know reason what so ever, i have mood swings very often. i cant focus to the future always the past im a very negitive person i am a worrier, please can you help me and give me your thought.

  15. paul Norbert
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve suffered from bi polar for almost 20 years now and have been hospitalized on a few occasions and have never ever been told about groups of people who meet up and talk about this terrible illness. At times for Me, I find it difficult to let go of thoughts of the past and just to live in the present. In many ways, I have grown used to it, other times the subtlety of the illness can creep upon me and make me feel like I’m climbing up this continuous mountain and I feel so terribly exhausted, that I feel it would be easier to take my own life. I do attend a, Dual Recovery meeting, which I find very helpful, but some other meetings to so specifically with bi polar, would be helpful also. Paul

  16. Laureen Storror
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I am a bipolar sufferer, and have been for a number of years now. I moved to Northampton 9 months ago, and am in desperate need to find a support group. Please let me know if there are any in Northampton. I am desperate !!

  17. kim
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Just to raise awareness of our fabulous support group in Newquay, Cornwall. It is amazing to have the support of other people who know exactly how I feel without explanation. Please don’t hesitate to look us up and come along x

  18. carmelina taplin
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    If anyone lives in Buckinghamshire, we hold a Bi polar support group 2nd Thursday each month 7.30 at Sunhouse
    Church Street Chesham Bucks. We come under the title of the Chiltern group. If you phone Bi Polar headoffice in London they will confirm details and give u a local phone contact.

  19. scarlet
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Hi , im a 48 year old women been dignosed with Bipolar for 5 years , after 2 divorces various affairs drinking various jobs and business s i am with my curent partner , a childhood friend of over 40 years , we ended up togeteher , to me and mine my behaviour was normal , but he became distressed at my way of life and after 6 months said he would leave unless i seaked help after yet another very dangerous venture of mine , when i spoke to my GP fortunate for me he was a phycitrist at springfeilds said straight away , you have all the symptoms of bipolar , i was sent to hospital started on medication ajusted till correct , then had phycodynamic phycotherapy for a year which though painful really helped to rid my demons from childhood sexual abuse onwards . After the treatment and medication i seemed like i was reborn i see things clearly for the 1st time .Dont get me wrong it wasnt perfect straight away and i still have manic and depressive moods , but not as bad as befor most of the time i can cope , i have a carer who shares my house for the times when i cant , as i also have BPD which dosnt help , so i think with meds and a carer and my chmt i have contact with in emergencys , i think ill be ok well im really hopeing so . If you have symptoms then i urge you to seak help all the best x

  20. KAREN WALLACE
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I was diagnosed with manic depression at the age of 23. I am now in my 40’s and still struggle with moods swings. I am more down than up and its really hard sometimes as I live on my own and have very little support. Is there any support in the Exeter Area of Devon. UK.

  21. beth
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank god I found this website when you have such crazy mood swings and irrational thoughts you think you are 100% alone and that nobody gets you, I refuse to go on any medication as I’ve seen the effect it has had on others around me and by doing more and more research and reading information on this website I am finding that there are other ways to take control of such a horrible condition. I will not let this condition rule my life anymore, Thank you

  22. Emma
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    My partner has been previously diagnosed with Bipolar and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be managing things very well at the moment.
    We got together 3 months ago, and he informed me that last year his marriage broke down which he had been dealing with, and this is something which is proving quite difficult and complicated – on top of this, he lost his job last month and is struggling to find employment – these issues combined are sending him into a spiral of manic depression and no matter what I try to do to help or suggest, he just cant seem to pull himself out.
    He is reluctant to go to his GP or seek medical help and as far as I know, isn’t on any medication. Every time I suggest he seeks help he gets defensive and shuts down even more – to be honest, I’m at a loss as to what to do next…

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