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Get Help to Cope with Bipolar Disorder


Learning to live with your own bipolar disorder is not easy. Nor is it easy for family members, friends, children and others to learn coping skills. The first step is learning all you can about the illness, and many of the resources under Symptoms / Diagnosis and Treatment will help you with this. The topics featured here include more educational material, tips for daily living, information on financial assistance, stories of how others have dealt with manic depression, and much more.
  1. What Everyone Should Know
  2. What Family and Friends Should Know
  3. Weight Control
  4. Workplace Issues
  5. Disability Assistance (United States)
  6. To Tell or Not to Tell?
  1. Advocacy - Help When You Need It
  2. Other Legal and Financial Issues
  3. Finding Support
  4. Support from Animals
  5. Learning from Others' Experiences
  6. Dealing With a Bipolar Child

What Everyone Should Know

Having an understanding of bipolar disorder is critical to everyone who has to deal with the illness. Here are resources that will give you a good grounding.

What Family and Friends Should Know

If you have a friend, a loved one, a co-worker, or anyone else in your life who is manic-depressive, these resources are for you. And if you have bipolar disorder, you can point the people who care about you to these topics to help them help you and to cope with their own needs that come from living with someone who is bipolar.

Weight Control

Because losing weight is so important to so many people with bipolar disorder, we have gathered support resources and information that will help you as you work toward you weight loss goals.

Workplace Issues

Most people with bipolar disorder, when it is being properly treated, can hold down a job, but it isn't always easy. These articles and stories will assist you in dealing with the issues that can arise in the workplace.

Disability Assistance (United States)

People who are unable to work due to their bipolar disorder may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These articles will help you decide if it’s worth your while to apply and take you through the process, as well as letting you know what to expect along the way.

To Tell or Not to Tell?

One of the hardest questions people with bipolar disorder have to answer is whether or not they are going to tell others about it - most often, their bosses, co-workers and friends. Here some members of our community share their insights and experiences, and we offer some tips to make it easier to tell once you decide to do so.

Advocacy - Help When You Need It

Advocacy is the work of organizations or individuals to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities such as bipolar disorder (manic depression). An advocate serves as an intercessor, speaking on someone else's behalf to ensure against discrimination and loss of rights. These are resources relating to advocacy organizations.

Other Legal and Financial Issues

Here you will find tax tips, medication assistance programs, and help for other legal and financial issues.

Finding Support

Support is often a critical need for people with bipolar disorder, and we offer peer-to-peer support on this website. And there are also many other avenues of support available, both online and off.

Support from Animals

Cats and dogs? Yes - they can help you, too. Here is information about service dogs and a first-person article about therapeutic cats.

Learning from Others' Experiences

Sometimes the best way to learn more about bipolar disorder - whether you or someone you know is the patient - is by reading what other people have experienced. You can learn a lot about yourself - and about coping - from hearing what others have been through and what they have done. We also offer some self-help books and books about bipolar disorder by experts, both general and specific aspects.

Dealing With a Bipolar Child

Children with bipolar disorder experience many of the same symptoms as adults, but some symptoms are different. These children are usually bright and creative but have less ability to understand their illness and fewer coping resources. Parents and teachers alike can learn from the articles below.

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