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I live in Oregon and there is very little help here for people like me .unless you are rich then you will be taken care of .

I have listed some of International Bipolar Foundation’s resources as well as a links for finding a therapist and support groups near you. Check out: http://ibpf.org/article/what-do-if-you-think-someone-might-have-bipolar

 

Psychology Today – Psychology Today’s website has a wonderful therapist/psychiatrist/ treatment center database that allows you to search various parameters. For instance the link below leads to a list of therapists based on the criteria of being located near you and treating Bipolar Disorder.  You can play around with the parameters for more options. I suggest calling and interviewing them before booking an appointment to see if it’s a good fit. Some common questions may be: Have you treated Bipolar Disorder patients before? Are you familiar with current medications/ treatments for Bipolar Disorder? Will you work together with my therapist/psychiatrist?

https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?sid=1495234728.5723_785&zipcode=84041&spec=168

 

https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?sid=1495234781.5365_785&zipcode=84041&zipdist=30&spec=168

 

Treatment Centers:

https://treatment.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?state=UT&spec=168

https://healthcare.utah.edu/uni/specialty-programs/treatment-resistant-mood-disorders-clinic/

 

Finding a support group:

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Free General consumer and family support groups: https://namigo.org/programs-events/support-groups-2/ 

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): DBSA has peer led support groups for individuals, friends and family for Bipolar Disorder:  http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=peer_support_group_locator

 

Online support groups

7 Cups of Tea Online Therapy and Counseling: http://www.7cups.com/

Mental Health America Online Support Group and Discussion: https://www.inspire.com/groups/mental-health-america/   

 

IBPF Resources:

 

IBPF Book:

Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder book An overview of all aspects of living with bipolar disorder, including nutrition, medication, travel, and more. Available in PDF (attached), Kindle or hard copy.

 

IBPF Webinars:

We have over 200 free recorded webinars on various topics surrounding bipolar disorder at http://ibpf.org/articles/educational-videos   

 

Examples of some of our webinars:

http://ibpf.org/mental-illness-mental-wellness-story-hope-and-recovery  

http://ibpf.org/bipolar-101-how-manage-bipolar-disorder-day-day   

http://ibpf.org/being-woman-resilience-bipolar-disorder-resiliency-mind-body-and-spirit  

 

Examples of our blogs:

http://ibpf.org/blog/are-you-ready-diagnosis   

http://ibpf.org/blog/advice-newly-diagnosed

http://ibpf.org/article/what-do-if-you-think-someone-might-have-bipolar

http://ibpf.org/blog/explore-your-options-affordable-psychiatric-care

http://ibpf.org/blog/staying-afloat-during-depression

http://ibpf.org/article/self-management-techniques-bipolar-disorder  

 

I hope these are helpful. Feel free to let us know if you have any other questions.

 

 

I was diagnosed bipolar 2 about a year and a half ago after suffering what I can only describe as a mental break. If I could do it over I would have gotten help much sooner than I did but I allowed it to progress to a point that the people closest to me were starting to suggest hospitalization. Thankfully with new meds (I was already being treated for depression) and counseling I was able to avoid that.
I still have swings but for the most part things have leveled out. I don't take care of myself as well as I should which I think ties into my sense of self-worth but I hope to get better about that.
"Normal" has never really been my goal but I have definitely lost some parts of myself that made me the "me" i was before. Most importantly my capacity for Joy and my appreciation of humor seem to have been completely lost. I don't remember the last time I really had a good laugh or been consciously happy for more than a very brief (minutes/hour) period of time. I know my life is good, and I should be thankful but the best I can do now is fake my way through it and try to keep the anger & loathing contained when I do have my more manic downswing.
I think a lot about weather I will ever get those parts of myself back. I hope for my sake, & the sake of my wife and children that I do. I'm 42 years old and the idea that this may be my life for the next 30 years is heartbreaking. I'm not a suicidal person but I do understand after this experience how someone could get to that level of hopelessness especially without treatment or support. So, I carry on. I try to do the things I used to enjoy in the hopes that the joy will return. I would love to hear stories from people who have been through this and managed to regain their capacity for happiness. I try to be optimistic, for now that's the best I can do. Soldier on people, get help, find a way to love yourself again.

I was diagnosed bipolar years ago and recently because my husband died I list my health insurance and oldest son who is disabled and been in my care up to a few days ago,i have not had my meds for over a year now so it's been hell. I had to take in boarders for extra income because I can't work due to my rapid fire swings and can't seem to get my SSI it husband's death benefits from SSI I have really been struggling and now I'm put out into the streets without care from anyone because my son has freaking lost his mind.hes pushed and pushed my buttons for months now knowing full well as well as me telling him and everyone how much I'm trying not to snap and don't know how much more I can take and it finally happened when I was getting dirty dishes out if my son's room he grabbed me and was pulling me to throw me out we struggled I called the cops on him this time and git arrested because 1 if the other guys I rent a room to lied and made a witness statement! I can't even go home! My son who's doing this to me is the one who in 2015 was taking money from my checking account without my knowledge or permission! 5,000.00 worth I was overdrawn for till they just closed my account screwing me even further because I had written checks because the bank disabled my debit card omg I'm so lost

Colleen, 

I have attached links to both legal and psychological resources for you. We are so sorry to hear that you are going through this difficult time.

LEGAL AID:

https://www.usa.gov/legal-aid

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Free General consumer and family support groups: https://namigo.org/programs-events/support-groups-2/ 

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): DBSA has peer led support groups for individuals, friends and family for Bipolar Disorder:  http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=peer_support_group_locator

Online support groups

7 Cups of Tea Online Therapy and Counseling: http://www.7cups.com/

Mental Health America Online Support Group and Discussion: https://www.inspire.com/groups/mental-health-america/   

 

IBPF Resources:

 

IBPF Book:

Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder book An overview of all aspects of living with bipolar disorder, including nutrition, medication, travel, and more. Available in PDF (attached), Kindle or hard copy.

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