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How can support groups help my bipolar disorder?

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Although friends and family members care about you, they may not understand what you're going through. Some of them may be more critical than supportive.

It feels better to meet people who are in your position -- living with the same symptoms, frustrations, and worries. They might also have good suggestions for living with bipolar disorder, such as ways to manage side effects or talk to others about the condition.

If you're interested in joining a support group, ask your doctor about organizations in your area, or contact the NAMI or the DBSA.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fourth edition, Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fourth edition, Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

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