Bipolar Stuff

Cool & Useful Bipolar Stuff

Here are some awesome Bipolar resources of different sorts. I think they’re pretty interesting and worth looking into. Perhaps you will like some of them. Check ‘em out!

Tracking Your Moods etc…

Keeping daily record of what’s going on in your world when living with Bipolar disorder can really make a difference. Tracking symptoms and such definitely makes for better communication and understanding with your psychologist or psychiatrist. This most likely aids in the creation of the best personalized treatment plan.

Here are a few online mood trackers. Other than tracking your moods daily, these trackers keep up with things like exercise, sleep patterns, significant daily life events, etc…

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Moodtracker.com

Along with the mood chart, Moodtracker includes…

Medication Tracking: This helps you keep track of what meds you’re taking now as well as what meds you’ve had in the past. Dosage amounts and dosage frequency are tracked too.

Public Forum: Our forum is unique because you can share your mood chart and medication records with others. Now you can give and take feedback with other forum members.

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Support Alerts: With Support Alerts you can schedule text messages to be sent to a mobile phone on a periodic basis to remind you to take your meds, or to notify a friend that you are having a manic episode. It also works with e-mail.


 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Wellness Tracker

Track Key Health Trends

  • Overall mood
  • Well-being
  • Mood disorder symptoms
  • Lifestyle (including sleep, exercise, etc.)
  • Medication (and side effects)
  • Physical health

With the DBSA Wellness Tracker’s monthly reporting feature, you get an at-a-glance summary of your health trends. This valuable information can help you better recognize potential health problems and mood triggers in your daily life. It can also help you better partner with your clinician on treatment plans that address your overall health and well-being.

Stay on track with DBSA Wellness Tracker. It’s easy, takes only a few minutes a day, and, like the other tools in the Facing Us Clubhouse, it’s free.

*There is much more to see and do that could be very helpful for you at DBSA.


Medhelp.org

Tracks general mood, as well as symptoms and treatments related to specific mood disorders


There are also tons of apps to keep track of moods & mental health related stuff.

The Best Bipolar Disorder iPhone and Android Apps of the Year

Click Here

(straight via healthline.com)

Best Bipolar Apps

Bipolar disorder causes your mood and energy levels to change dramatically. In severe cases, it can interfere with your ability to carry out routine tasks. If you have the disorder, you aren’t alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million American adults.

Doctors often ask people with the disorder to keep a daily log of symptoms and activities in order to make healthcare decisions and manage life with bipolar disorder. Click through the slideshow to find apps that help you keep a log, track and chart information, and generally make life with bipolar disorder more manageable.

Want to help others with bipolar? Record a short video of encouragement for 5 million newly diagoned patients »


Children, Adolescents and Famiy…

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has some very informative, awesome links that may be quite helpful for you or someone you love.

“AACAP’s Facts for Families provide concise up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.”

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents

Managing Weight Gain

Psychiatric Medication for Children and Adolescents Part I – How Medications are Used

Psychiatric Medication for Children and Adolescents: Part II – Types of Medications

However, not all children who have excessive moodiness, irritability, or overexcitement have bipolar disorder. For those with bipolar disorder, the mood cycles are prolonged, severe, and interfere with daily functioning.

Services in School for Children with Special Needs: What Parents Need to Know

At the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website, you will also find resources for youth, a handy Resource Center for a variety of related topics (like substance abuse related issues, things military families face with psychiatric illness, and so on).

The Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder

is a wonderful search tool found on the http://www.aacap.org website as well.


Bipolar Peer Support Chat

healthfulchat.org

HealthfulChat is delighted to offer you this bipolar disorder peer support and encouragement area of this web site. Here, you can communicate with others living with bipolar disorder through a Bipolar Disorder Chat Room, bipolar disorder forums, and a bipolar disorder social network.

 “You are likely one of the many people around the world who suffer with the extreme highs and lows, and the unfortunate stigma of bipolar disorder I, or bipolar disorder II. Bipolar disorders can cause great harm to many, can shorten the life span of individuals who suffer from it, and do not discriminate against gender, age, race, or social class. The philosophy of HealthfulChat is that along with professional help, a support network greatly increases the chances of individuals suffering from illness to either begin or continue on their way to or through recovery. We ask you to, along with your medically approved treatment, meet, greet, share and support with others who are dealing with this illness. The hope of HealthfulChat is to limit the harm that bipolar disorder can inflict by offering this peer support network; by connecting people around the world to one another in order to share your fears, medication management and possible side-effects, therapies, joys and sorrows.”

If you have been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, we welcome you to this bipolar disorders peer support network. We welcome you to both give and gain peer support with your story of bipolar symptoms, treatment and recovery. We encourage you to share your tales of therapy and form an alliance with others who are fighting the same battle that you are.”

If you search around the net, you will find a number of online support groups for people like us who are living with Bipolar Disorder. I am sharing one of them below.

Online Support Groups via Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

 The online support group is capped at 12 participants and the room opens 10 minutes before the meeting time. Groups fill up quickly, so try to arrive early. Participation in the groups is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online support group and the DBSAlliance.org logins are different. If you’ve never used the online support groups, you must create an account.

DBSA Online Support Group Meeting Time

  • Peer Group: Mondays at 10pm Eastern (9pm Central, 8pm Mountain, 7pm Pacific, 3am Tuesday GMT)

Online Support Group Guidelines

Please read before logging in below.

All users are asked to follow these guidelines while participating in a DBSA online support group.

  • Share the air. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to share. Time is limited, though, so we ask that everyone be respectful of other participants’ share-time needs.
  • Give back. We recognize that we often benefit as much by supporting others as we do by sharing our own struggles, triumphs, and experiences.
  • One person shares at a time. Each person should be allowed to share without interruptions or side conversations.
  • What is shared here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all.
  • Differences of opinion are okay. We are all entitled to our own point of view.
  • We are all equal. Accept cultural, linguistic, social, and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
  • Use “I” language. Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not instruct or advise. We do, however, share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”
  • It’s okay not to share. People do not have to share if they do not wish to. However, because space in the online support groups is limited, we ask that all participants check in with a facilitator via private message if they do not wish to share or if they arrive late to a group.
  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share. We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.
  • Please arrive on time and commit to stay until the end. People who arrive 30 minutes after the meeting begins will be asked to leave and return at a later date when they are able to join us from the beginning.
  • You must be 18 years of age to enter the online support groups.

DBSA Online Support Group Meeting Times

Each online support group meets for 90 minutes. The groups may be shortened if there are fewer participants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do your best to arive to online support group meetings on time and commit to remaining until the end. We understand things come up, but participants who arrive late or leave early can be very disruptive to the flow of the meeting. If you log into a meeting more than 30 minutes after the meeting begins, you will be asked to leave that night’s meeting. We encourage you to review the meeting times listed below and find a time that better matches your availability. You are invited to attend any meeting that you can make it to on time. We appreciate your assistance in keeping these meetings safe and productive for all.

The online support group meeting room opens 10 minutes before the start of the online support group and closes 30 minutes after the group has ended. The online meeting room is not open at other times. Our rooms fill up quickly, so please arrive early. Participation in the groups is on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Group

  • Mondays at 10pm Eastern (9pm Central, 8pm Mountain, 7pm Pacific, 3am Tuesday GMT)

Looking for a real-time online support group that meets at another time?

Please note, DBSA does not endorse any organization listed below nor endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication listed on this website.

Depression Recovery Groups (video-based, real-time online support group)

Depression Recovery Groups (video-based, real-time online support group) The founder of our Conejo Valley, California chapter has used his experience with support groups and technology to develop a new type of online meeting. The peer-led meetings are done with webconference technology. This allows participants to see their group leader and to talk with each other using a phone line or VOIP (their computer). Participants can also see and interact with slides that facilitators use to help structure the meetings. Meetings are free but there is a voluntary “virtual pass the basket” where participants can contribute whatever they feel is appropriate. Click on this link to join the site and register for the Depression Recovery Group meeting: www.depressionrecoverygroups.com/DBSA.

 

Online Support Group Structure

All DBSA support groups follow the same basic meeting structure.

  • Gathering time The group assembles.
  • Welcome – Facilitators bring the group together and provide focus.
  • Review what will happen at the meeting and the group guidelinesParticipants are asked to look over the guidelines at every meeting.
  • Check-in Participants briefly let the group know how they’re feeling and what they’d like to discuss during the meeting.
  • Discussion This is the heart of a DBSA group. Often the discussion will be based on common concerns or themes that came up during the check-in time.
  • Closing Facilitators bring closure to the session.

DBSA “OUR MISSION: DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.”


International Bipolar Foundation

“The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education.

International Bipolar Foundation envisions wellness, dignity and respect for people living with bipolar disorder.”
One of the awesome things on this site for people who like to write and other things…
 Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with International Bipolar Foundation and can spare a couple of hours a week, we invite you to join our volunteer network. It can be deeply satisfying and empowering to turn one’s hard-won experience into valuable and compassionate assistance and advocacy.

We currently have volunteer opportunities in these areas:

  • Blogging
  • Translating
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media
  • Public Speaking
  • Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
  • Contribute to writing articles and fact sheets
  • Research and writing
  • Fundraising
  • San Diego volunteers: provide support in the office or at events

Please complete the online volunteer application or e-mail Heather at hzupin@ibpf.org for more information.


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