I was thinking about going to a support group for those dealing with illnesses like ours... but I was just wondering what I should expect. I'm a rather social person, so I'm not too scared... I went to an NA meeting once to support a friend... but i don't think it will be too much like that.. should i bring my boyfriend?
Bipolar support groups are enormously beneficial for bipolar sufferers and their families.
If you are newly diagnosed, the support group will provide you with informations to educate yourself about bipolar disorder. That will be very helpful, because a lack of knowledge can only lead you to unfounded fears and apprehension.
You'll probably, get advices how to cope with the symptoms at daily basis, what to except from a new drug treatment and how to get to well adjusted life.
Bringing your boyfriend is a great idea. It will be much easier for him to understand your problem and he'll learn the best way to be supportive. There are, also, support groups that are specifically aimed at the family and friends of bipolar disorder patients.
I agree with MandMs. Support groups are a great way to interact with those who suffer as we do. You will get a great deal of support and even make friends most likely. At least you know your no alone. This is a real hassel to have to go through. Especially when you have a crash. You will learn more how to deal with it.
I was diagnosed in Oct of 2002 so I'm not really looking for any new information, just people to talk to. I love my therapist...we have a great bond since i was her first patient... it's just that she isn't bipolar... you know?