May 16, 2017

Bipolar Disorder


Here’s a free collection of resources about Bipolar Disorder- Bipolar Disorder blogs, support groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who have Bipolar Disorder, etc.

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Bipolar Disorder Blogs

Here’s a list of Bipolar Disorder blogs- blogs by people who have Bipolar Disorder, or are about Bipolar Disorder.

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Bipolar Beat blogs.psychcentral.com 2017
bphope bphope.com 2017
Suddenly Bipolar suddenlybipolar.wordpress.com 2017
Bipolar Mom Life bipolarmomlife.com 2017
Pax Nortona notfrisco2.com 2017
International Bipolar Foundation ibpf.org 2017
#DaveWiseMatters davewisematters.com 2017
purplepersuasion purplepersuasion.wordpress.com 2017
Bipolar Bandit bipolarbandit.wordpress.com 2017
Breaking Bipolar healthyplace.com 2017


Bipolar Disorder Support Groups

Bipolar Disorder Support Groups On Facebook

  1. Bipolar Disorder Support Group (48826 members)
  2. Bipolars Supporting Bipolars (36047 members)
  3. Bipolar Coaster (14505 members)
  4. Bipolar, Depression, and Other Disorders Group (142123 members)
  5. Bipolar – Sanctuary and Support (12200 members)
  6. Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia (10414 members)
  7. Women’s Bipolar and Anxiety Support Group (9570 members)
  8. Bipolar Group (7086 members)
  9. Support for Parents of Children with Bipolar (5839 members)
  10. Bipolar Disorder Group (5239 members)
  11. Bipolar Disorder Support (4944 members)
  12. Bipolar Sanctuary (4936 members)
  13. Bipolar Spouses (3768 members)
  14. Beautifully Bipolar (2932 members)
  15. Parents of Bipolar Children (2845 members)
  16. Bipolar Folks (2837 members)
  17. Moms Dealing with Bipolar (2631 members)
  18. Loving a Bipolar Spouse (2610 members)
  19. Bipolar UK (2278 members)
  20. The Bipolar Room (2198 members)
  21. The Bipolar and Mental Illness Journey (2188 members)
  22. Bipolar Prayer Group (2035 members)
  23. Bipolar Support Group UK (2018 members)
  24. Bipolar Support: A New Hope (1909 members)
  25. Christian Bipolar Support Group (1850 members)
  26. Our Bipolar Life (1621 members)
  27. Bipolar II/ Soft Bipolar (1593 members)
  28. Bipolar Thumbs Up Support (1400 members)
  29. Bipolar 1 Group Support (1196 members)
  30. Cyclothymia-Bipolar Group (1065 members)

Other Bipolar Disorder Support Groups And Forums

  1. Daily Strength Bipolar Disorder Support Group (3,307 members, 123,081 posts)

 

Bipolar Disorder Survey

We’re surveying people about their experiences with Bipolar Disorder. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*This information is not meant to replace medical advice, and the information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Name, Age)


**Click here to share your experience with Bipolar Disorder**


Bipolar Disorder Types

What type of Bipolar Disorder do you have?

  • Type II. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Unsure. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • B1. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Rapid Cycling. (Brylee, 25 years old)
  • Rapid Cycling. (Ashley, 26 years old)
  • Bipolar NOS with hypomania. (Becca, 26 years old)
  • 1. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • Bipolar II. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Type 2. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • BP1. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Bipolar rapid cycling. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • 2. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Mania. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Bipolar 2. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • 2. (H, 47 years old)
  • Bipolar 2. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Type 1. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Bipolar 1 with psychotic features. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

What symptoms have you experienced?

  • Mood swings, mania, hypomania, impulsivity. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Mostly depressed episodes, very few manic episodes. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • Mania, hyper sexual, depression. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Mania, hypomania, depression. (Brylee, 25 years old)
  • Depression, anxiety, risky sexual acts, overspending, euphoria. (Ashley, 26 years old)
  • Extreme mania, hypomania, extreme depression lasting months. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • Major depressive moods. Never suicidal, but was all content to die. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Spending money, depression. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • Major psychotic depression with hypo mania. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Mania, depression, hypersexuality, risk taking, overspending, not sleeping, not eating. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Depression, hypomania, occasionally mania. I get depressed a lot. Sometimes I sleep too much, sometimes not enough, at times not at all. I sometimes want to go to sleep and never wake up. I cry easily. I get irritated and upset easily, but I usually get over it after I blow up. I’m very impulsive and horrible with money and shopping. Things tend to be all or nothing with me. I’m not interested in a lot of things I used to be and not much holds my attention for long. Sometimes I get really excited about things and get carried away. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Mood swings. Rage. Multiple personalities, anxiety, panic attack and depression. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Short extreme highs, deep long lows. (Namoi D., 43 years old)
  • Depression, anger, rage, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, light mania, anti-social, abnormal fear of loss and death, weight gain, sadness, fear. (H, 47 years old)
  • Insomnia, depression, mania, paranoia, anxiety. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Delusions. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Crippling depression, loss of interest in all activities, loss of appetite, incessant crying, emotional numbness, feelings of inferiority and worthlessness, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, sleeping 18+ hours a day, sleeping 2-3 hours a day, boundless energy, feeling of superiority, grand plans that never come to fruition, engaging in risky and dangerous activities, promiscuity, spree spending, extreme irritability, rage, racing thoughts, racing/slurred speech. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Interesting Facts

What interesting facts have you learned about Bipolar Disorder?

  • That it’s very similar to borderline personality disorder, and often they are confused and misdiagnosed. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • That there are cycles and triggers for some people. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • Can be triggered by trauma. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • My ability to control my disease. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • You can be bipolar without the mania. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Read anything and everything, and see how you can cope with suggestions from books. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • That bipolar and borderline personality disorder can be so closely related. That there is a stigmatism with bipolar. That a lot of people say oh I’m a little bipolar too, but don’t understand what bipolar is. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • No cure. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Excitement and joy is a good stress but our bodies can’t tell the difference between good stress and bad stress, so we get low when we really want to be up. Examples, Christmas, summer vacations, holidays. It sucks. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • The difference between type 1 and type 2. How long one can go without being diagnosed. Coping and triggers, tools and abilities. (H, 47 years old)
  • Sleeping is very important. Good diet. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • It is hereditary. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • That many creative/artistic people have bipolar disorder. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Difficulties

What are the most difficult aspects of living with Bipolar Disorder?

  • The mood swings. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Suicidal thoughts, irritability and acting impulsively. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • Working, functioning as a normal person. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Daily living, and handling emotions. (Brylee, 25 years old)
  • Explaining it to others. (Ashley, 26 years old)
  • Mood swings, impulsivity. (Becca, 26 years old)
  • Not being able to trust your own emotions. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • Stability. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • I don’t know what mood I’ll be in from minute to minute. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • Frustration that I can’t live my life as I want to. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • The affect on my family. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Never knowing where on the roller coaster I will be. Relationships. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Crying a lot. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Not being in control over my highs and lows. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • Uncertainty of moods. The immediate change of moods. Dealing with any and all people. (H, 47 years old)
  • Anxiety, depression. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Weight gain from meds. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Maintaining balance and relationships, holding a job. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Advice

What words of encouragement/advice can you share with others who have Bipolar Disorder?

  • You aren’t alone. I’ve been dealing with bipolar disorder since I was born essentially. It runs in my family, and you sometimes won’t even have to be on meds for the rest of your life. Bipolar is something that you can learn to control, and sometimes it can even go away. It gets better. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • It can get better I have been med free and stable for nearly 3 years. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • It will get better if you try hard. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Life is a journey, not a destination. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • I was anti med and anti psych for a very long time. When I crashed, and was admitted to in patient facilities, I learned that meds and psychs were actually ok things. That I needed. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Research your diagnosis. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • You learn how to cope and understand when things are starting to go wrong. It takes practice and that might be years! (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Keep fighting. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Keep trying. Sometimes your best is just to keep breathing. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Never give up. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Take it second by second. Don’t give in to that dark, inky, heavy place. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • This too will pass. It just doesn’t feel like it. (H, 47 years old)
  • I would listen, but try not sounding cliche. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Stick with the meds… they work. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Work with your psychiatrist to find the right medication cocktail and take them, develop a support system (even if it’s on-line), participate in therapy (again, on-line or workbooks will work), practice self-care and self-kindness. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Diet and Exercise

What’s been your experience with diet and exercise?

  • I’ve never tried dieting, but exercising helps a LOT. Like it makes the down days happen a lot less often. It makes me more manic though. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • I’m over weight, lose motivation quickly, but do get into it. I can get addicted for short periods. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • Hard to do. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Living a healthier lifestyle has led to more “normal days” because I have better self-esteem than when I led a less healthy lifestyle. (Ashley, 26 years old)
  • Not much experience with these. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • Both help. More natural, less processed foods. Exercise helps uplift my mood. So does being outside. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • It has helped so far. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • I hate both! Food makes me out on weight due to the medication, and I sweat like a pig when I exercise. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Horrible. Just horrible. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Difficult. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Bad. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Not great. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • No energy or too depressed or down over anxious. I have a good support partner in my husband, and he helps us both eat and walk. We keep each other accountable. (H, 47 years old)
  • Not good. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Lots of good diet and exercise are ok. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Many bipolar meds cause weight gain even with normal diet and exercise. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Treatments

What’s been your experience with treatments (medication, therapy, etc.)?

  • Medication helps, it just sucks taking it. It also sucks finding the right cocktail of medications (mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, etc.), but once you find the right cocktail of sorts, it helps so much! Therapy helps too. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Medication made me gain weight and I couldn’t find one to suit me, as I did not take them consistently. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • I hate taking medication, but love therapy. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • For me nothing works without regular increases. (Brylee, 25 years old)
  • It took almost 8 years to find the best medication routine for me. Talking with a therapist was never helpful. (Ashley, 26 years old)
  • Meds don’t really help me. (Becca, 26 years old)
  • It is my belief that in order to remain well, I must take my medication. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • Do them!! As much as you want to be strong, to do it on your own, it’s ok to ask for help. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • My medicine has stabilized me. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • That it takes ages to find the right combination of pills. Do your own research as well and challenge if you believe there is something better out there. If you have ECT, don’t rush into it. Don’t listen to the scare stories. Try and make up your own mind with help from the professionals. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Meds have saved my life, but therapy has helped too. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Therapy has been great, just tired of the therapists turn around. Meds are a trial and error, ever changing. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Meds change monthly. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • Medications work if you take them regularly. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • Ugh. I’m currently on five different medications and have had to HS he or adjust four times to get to this semi stable less symptomatic spot. See a psychotherapist and psychiatrist and medication and self medication such as baths, shopping, social media, eating poorly, meditating, reading. (H, 47 years old)
  • It took awhile to find the right combo of meds and therapist. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Good. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • I’ve been on many meds cocktails trying to find the right one – it’s trial and error regarding side effects and efficacy. Establishing a rapport with psychiatrist, therapist/counselor is essential to successful therapy. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Recommendations

Anything you would recommend for someone with Bipolar Disorder?

  • Receive treatment. Not everyone can handle this without treatment, so get the treatment. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Trust and ask for support from family/someone you can trust. (Anonymous, 23 years old)
  • Don’t stop taking meds, don’t stop trying. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • Don’t hate yourself. Embrace yourself – with all your quirks. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Just research everything. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • Be patient. You will have set backs. It takes time to find the right med combination. Talk to those around so they can help you when things get tough. Know your NoK, give them the emergency numbers, just in case. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • Don’t be afraid of asking for help. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Get regular therapy, and reach out. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • Seek professional help immediately. You can’t nor do you have to beat this beast alone. (H., 47 years old)
  • I would be there for them, but it would be them who would have to get help on their terms. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • Stay on your meds. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • Be patient with meds and therapy, be gentle with yourself. (Renée R., 57 years old)

Bipolar Disorder Resources

What specific resources have you found most helpful?

  • Therapy, researching and medication. (Kelsey, 19 years old)
  • Therapy. (Sarah, 23 years old)
  • A strong support system. (Chris, 36 years old)
  • I google a lot of things, but honestly, I have found more support in this online group than I have anywhere else. (Erin W., 36 years old)
  • Internet. (Phillip C., 39 years old)
  • Relaxation. This may change over time. Be outside, I’m lucky I live near the sea. Try and do the activities which make you happy. Find time to be you. (Anonymous, 40 years old)
  • A good doctor and good family support. (Monica, 41 years old)
  • Therapy and online support groups. (Susan, 41 years old)
  • Internet. (Tammy, 43 years old)
  • My wonderful psychiatrist and medication. (Naomi D., 43 years old)
  • BP magazine. FB BP page. Medication, my therapists. Reading books on BP for understanding and education. (H, 47 years old)
  • Hospital, Family doctor, Therapy, Meds. (Wanda C., 49 years old)
  • My doctor. (Karen, 51 years old)
  • County and state services, NAMI, on-line websites and support groups. (Renée R., 57 years old)