How to Create Your Own Bipolar Support Groups

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Besides the everyday medication that must be taken by a bipolar disorder victim, bipolar support groups allow those who share a common diagnosis or interest to come together. They come together to share ideas on how to cope, but most importantly, to offer emotional support.  Most support groups are usually run by someone who has experience in these kinds of meetings. But this is not an important factor, because you as a mother or a patient can form a bipolar support group and help those that are interested to come together to just SHARE IDEAS.

Finding Suitable Place

Every group must have a place to meet and it can be in your garage, a hall or even inside your house. One important factor here is that it must be comfortable and available when you as a group need it. And your ideal sitting set up would be to sit in a circle rather than a church style setup.

Some  Rules to be followed

While you as a group will make your own rules later on, there are some important points that must be emphasized every time you meet.

Confidentiality: everything shared inside a meeting must not be said or used outside the meeting place.

No other sources: quoting from the bible or famous people must not be allowed into your meetings and everything shared must be from personal experience.

No preaching: words such as “don’t do that”. “don’t do this,”must not be allowed.

Offer suggestions: it is good to offer suggestions with all suggestions be from personal experience like; Use non threatening suggestion I went through the same experience and I did this or my child had that same thing and I did this.

No gossip: If you don’t allow anything to get out, you must not allow anybody to drag somebody’s name down in these meetings.

JUST LISTEN: Most would come to a meeting not to have their problem solved but to have an opportunity to put out of their system all the frustrations of being involved with this mental illness. This cannot be emphasized enough.

Primary Goal

Ensuring no one living with bipolar disease or this mental condition feel alone again, the primary goal of most bipolar support groups is to  provide important emotional support. Support groups can improve the physical health and well being of those taking part and a  safety net for patients and caregivers.

Other Functions

In some places bipolar support groups, also called special interest groups (SIG), form an integral part for many health organizations and a critical foundation for those trying to cope with the disorder. Support groups help fill the emptiness between medicine and the daily everyday struggles.  It generally helps patients to cope and also serve as educators and inform about the new advancements in bipolar treatment or therapies available.

Support Groups by Online

Many have found online support a great help, with modern technologies at our doorstep. This online support network is ideal for those living in very remote areas or those who are scared of leaving the security of their homes. This online support can be a backup to the already existing bipolar support groups in the community.

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