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Last week, we talked about explaining the disease of addiction to children and others who might not have much experience with substance abuse or who are of the opinion that addict = junkie = hopeless loser.

This week, I want to share some bipolar disorder resources with you. They’ll help better explain the mental illness, if that’s what you need, but most of these resources are designed to help YOU help OTHERS (such as your family members and friends) who’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

I first started thinking about this situation when the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) announced a new publication for consumers and caregivers earlier this year. According to the DBSA, “Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder” is designed to “tell you about what your family member or friend is going through, and how you can help your loved one and yourself.”

Mood disorders, such as Depression or Bipolar Disorder, affect millions of people. Their family and friends are affected, too. – DBSA

We talk about all sorts of mental illness and mental health conditions here, but because of the current popularity of Silver Linings Playbook, which focuses on main character Pat Solatano, Jr. learning to manage his life with his new bipolar disorder diagnosis, I thought we’d focus on resources for that.

So, without further ado!

Resources: Help Family & Friends with Bipolar Disorder

PsychCentral.com: Bipolar Disorder Blogs and Other Resources

Of course, Psych Central provides a wealth of bipolar disorder resources, too.

Bipolar Disorder Articles

Bipolar Disorder Blogs

I hope this post finds anyone out there who has a friend or family member diagnosed with bipolar disorder and could use some help helping that person.

For those of you who are veterans at it, or who have bipolar disorder and know what it takes to help, what advice, stories, or other resources can you offer?

 


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    Last reviewed: 18 Feb 2013

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2013). Bipolar Disorder: How YOU Can Help Your Diagnosed Family and Friends. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 1, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2013/02/bipolar-disorder-how-you-can-help-your-diagnosed-family-and-friends/

 

 

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