Talking About Bipolar Disorder.
Part of your treatment plan involves support while you manage your symptoms of
You can help others, such as family and friends, support you by talking with them about your condition and allowing them to help and support you. It is helpful for family and friends to learn as much as they can about your condition so you can discuss it more openly and they can find ways to support you. The support and encouragement of loved ones can be an important part of your treatment plan.
Family and friends can be a valuable source of support. Learn how they can help.
You can help your family members better understand your condition by showing them how other people have faced the challenges of managing
Establish a network
Consider family, friends, and healthcare professionals as part of a network of ongoing emotional support. Remember that other people with
Look for a local support group or contact the local chapter of a national mental health advocacy organization to find out what kinds of resources and activities are available in your area.
Here are links to organizations where you and your loved ones can learn more about
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Mental Health America (MHA)
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD)
- Mental Help Net
- Bipolar Focus
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
- National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- American Psychiatric Association (APA)
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