Bipolar Disorder Support Groups


Support groups can be an important tool for dealing with any of life's challenges, and in the age of the Internet, we are fortunate to have a number of options right at our fingertips. Reaching out to others with bipolar disorder, or other family members of an individual with the illness, can provide much-needed social support, advice, and inspiration. Because mental illness can be very isolating at times, joining a support group--online, in person, or both--can be essential to a successful recovery.

There are a number of online support groups you can try, such as Support It's very simple to sign up, and the feedback and advice available from people who have been where you are can be empowering and helpful. In-person support groups are also a great option for those who feel comfortable venturing out to meet people face to face. You can find people in your area who are dealing with similar issues and who might be able to connect you with local services you didn't know about, in addition to being a source of personal support. A good place to start if you're interested in an in-person support group is the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance's Chapter and Support Group Directory.

There are millions of adults with bipolar disorder, and there is no reason to deal with it alone when you can reach out to people in a similar situation. Anyone with access to a computer can join an online support group and begin reaping the benefits of being a member of a community of people who know what it's like to live with bipolar disorder.