So how can you tell when your experiences are normal and when they’ve pushed into the extremes of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder?
If you are thinking about being evaluated by a psychiatrist for bipolar disorder, consider three basic rules of thumb: functioning, feeling, and family.
The research is interesting – and may not be what you think!
Edwina’s Bipolar Depression Support is fresh and fun.
Yes, it provides some great support, but it has many other features that make a appealing for a wide range of folks, especially young people. The mix of chat and education and support resources makes this a great choice for the recently diagnosed.
Are the problems you are experiencing interfering with your ability to function day to day? Have your problems got you in trouble with the law?
Do you have trouble attending work regularly or maintaining a job? Do the demands of your difficulties consistently outweigh the needs of other members of the family?
Unfortunately however, many of the online chat rooms that promote themselves to bipolar people have other agendas – for example lots of advertising and selling, or adult chat that fuels bipolar symptoms, leading to bipolar mania or even infidelity.
The chat rooms suggested here are online chat rooms I personally prefer because they are genuinely run for the benefit of the bipolar community, and do not encourage adult chat.
The bphope forum provided by bp Magazine is a fabulous bipolar chat room with a fresh and creative feel.
The bipolar chat room is just one feature of the site, and it is VERY easy to use.
Please choose a bipolar chat room that is private, safe and free!
An online chat room can be a great outlet and a great source of bipolar support (although adult chat is unwise during manic phases).
) Be aware of how vulnerable we are to any activities that have a compulsive edge and PLEASE – while it is sensible to reach out through chat for connection and support – DO NOT do anything that is counter-productive or even self-destructive. The Internet can provide a fantastic amount of information and support.