This website is not really about support. It is about sharing ideas.
If you are looking for support - I found this site very helpful...
When we are very ill, manic or clinically depressed we need professional help.
When we start to recover we need other support. Here are 2 ideas:
When I arrived at a meeting of bipolar people for the first time. There was hardly anyone there but this old guy was happy to share with me his crazy experiences from when he was hypo-manic and manic. I was amazed. I just kept thinking how what he was describing was just how I had been and just how I felt. Yet, I was getting ill again and again, while he had been well for 15 years. He had accepted that he would have to do things differently. It was about then that I decided to started doing things differently and have not had any returns to the psychiatric ward since. I am not saying he has exactly been a mentor to me, but he was the first person who seemed to know what I was going through and that I guess was why he had such an effect.
When I was really ill I needed support from mental health professionals. When I started to recover I found that every contact with mental health professionals set me back. Now I just see my GP every few months.
It seems natural that when people think about the mentally ill, they think about them needing support. Of course they are right - everyone in the world needs some kind of support. People were not designed/did not evolve to live alone.
Could it be that as adults our need to support others is even stronger than our need to be supported?
As soon as we start to recover we regain our need to support others. If we ignore this and keep on expecting to be supported then we stifle our recovery.
Could it be that bipolar people who take on roles such as coordinator, secretary, librarian, publicist for their local bipolar self-help group recover better/quicker than those who only attend the group?
It could the people most likely to recover are the ones who take on these roles... EXACTLY! If you are the sort of person who grasps the idea that helping others is key to getting back on your feet then you will become the sort of person who makes a good recovery from bipolar disorder.
What do you reckon?
Do you have examples of this supporting aiding recovery?