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Bipolar Info & Support Sites - PLEASE READ EDIT IN FIRST POST

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Hi everyone

 

This first post below mine dates back to 2005-2009.  It is more than likely possible that there are other, if not better, bipolar sites out there which you might want to share with us.  If you do know of any, please go ahead and (1) let us know if you are aware of one or more you would like to pass on and (2) tell us if any of the original links are either dead or disputable for one reason or another.

 

Thank you very much

Mia (BP mod)

 

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Select Bipolar Websites: "I'm Not Clicking Too Much!"


Amen Clinics�� http://www.amenclinic.com/
Dr. Daniel Amen, MD, is one of the leaders in applying SPECT imaging to clinical treatment of mental illness.�� Site has extensive library of SPECT images of brains with different disorders, checklists for various illnesses, help lists for coping/ treatment, video educational files, and a section with his various books.�

Bipolar Aware �� http://www.bipolaraware.co.uk/index.html
Personal website thoroughly covers all the basics of Bipolar including BP flavors, meds, therapy, coping strategies, has links and recommended books and a very active Forum, no ads.�� Excellent website, bright, easy to read and navigate.�� Thoroughly covers the subject with a British perspective without getting technical


Bipolar World�� http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/index.html
Bipolar info, meds, columns, personal experiences, some news, Ask the doctor, resources, some broken links.�� Good overall bipolar site.� Best feature IMHO is the monthly column Ask the Doctor with Dr. Jim Phelps (of Psycheducation.org).

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation�� http://www.bpkids.org/site/PageServer�� Excellent child Bipolar advocacy group.� Supports current research and publishes latest news on site.�� Now requires membership for full access, but still has much info and links available for visitors.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, DBPA�� http://www.dbsalliance.org/�� The leading Bipolar advocacy group.

Living Manic Depressive�� http://www.livingmanicdepressive.com/index.htm
Selections from five year diary of �Jinnah� a young man in his twenties, living on a Carribean island as he is diagnosed and learns to cope with Bipolar disorder.� Extensive sections on coping and recommendations for families, no ads.�� An excellent personal experience site, with insights that will surprise you.�� Worth spending the time to read

Lucid Interval http://www.lucidinterval.org/
�A Self Management Guide for Bipolar Disorder�� Peter Newman, PhD, is an academic who has suffered every extreme of Bipolar disorder.�� He uses his personal experience to highlight and educate about bipolar illness and encourage others to persevere, includes definitions, books, resource links.�� Truly outstanding standing site.�� Easy to read, heartfelt personal experiences, no ads.�� Read this one.

MentalHelp.net� http://mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=4&cn=4
General mental illness site, topic centers in bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia.� Lots of excellent how-to self help articles.� Clean, easy to navigate.

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program� � http://www.manicdepressive.org/index.html�� The facts, ma�m, just the facts.� Bipolar info, treatment options, FAQ�s, books, provider referral database, mood tracking forms, links, current research studies.��

Mcman�s Bipolar website�� http://www.mcmanweb.com/�� Award winning website.� Has an e-newsletter.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI� � http://www.nami.org/
The leading mental health advocacy group.�� Many resources, local chapters, member assistance.

National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH,� http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Bipolarmenu.cfm�� Your (US) tax dollars at work.

PsychEducation dot Org� Dr. Jim Phelps MD, psychiatrist:� http://www.psycheducation.org� �� (BPII, but still good for BPI)� Truly outstanding. Science based, by a working Pdoc.

Psych Central� � http://www.psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/
Dr. John Grohol�s Psych Central.�� Lots of Bipolar info, meds, resources, DSM codes, books, etc.� Excellent site, covers many mental illnesses.




Children of a Lesser God

The Pendulum http://www.pendulum.org/
A few resources, a few research news, e-newsletter, forum (new winter �06).

Bipolar About dot Comhttp://bipolar.about.com/
Bipolar basics, news, some good personal stories, forum (largely un-moderated), *heavy advert linkage, be sure the link you are clicking is info, not an advert*.

Bipolar dot Com� http://www.bipolar.com/index.htm
Sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals.�� Has lots of definitions, link page.� Good for the 15 second attention span.� Don�t expect any depth of knowledge.

The Icarus Project� http://theicarusproject.net/madness/md/
The web extension of a community support project in the best tradition of urban socialism.� Limited bipolar info, personal experiences, and an active forum.� Bipolar is only a small portion of the Icarus Project comprehensive support.� Worth visiting if only for the philosophical concepts.




Audio and Video Sources:� "I'm Waiting for the Movie!"

Bipolar Disorder http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment.php4?seg=427� � 14:25 minutes running (audio)
� - BPI vs BPII
� - Steroid use and BP, Anti-Depressants and� BP unmasking
� - Genes and BP, Schizophrenia
� - Medications:� Mood stabilizers, Anti-Depressants

Air date: February 13, 2005,�� WFYI, Univ. of Indiana School of Medicine

Host: Barbara Lewis,
Interview: John Nurnberger, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Institute for Psychiatric Research
IU School of Medicine



Bipolar Disorder In Childrenhttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1151407
Running time 32:11 minutes (audio)
Bipolar disorder--once known as manic depression--seems to be on the rise in children and teens, but doctors aren't sure why. In this hour, we'll talk about bipolar disorder in children: why it's so difficult to diagnose and what treatments work.

Talk of the Nation, October 11, 2002 �

Guests:
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D.
*Psychiatrist
*Director, Research Program in Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Mani Pavuluri, MD
*Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic *Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry
*Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.




Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute, MADI� of� the Massachusetts General Hospital� http://www.massgeneral.org/madiresourcecenter/index.asp
The MADI site is consumer oriented with self help and educational items including video lectures on numerous topics, typically about 30 minutes long.�

Topics include:�
- BP, Depression, Schizophrenia,
- Brain Imaging,
- Balancing Side Effects & Benefits of Meds for Mood Disorders & for Schizophrenia, Psych Meds for Children, Alternative/ Complementary Meds,
- Parenting the Explosive Child,
- Intro to CBT for Mood Disorders & for Schizophrenia.




MANIC DEPRESSION� http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1010863� Running time: 49:29 minutes� (audio)
The intoxicating highs and despondent lows of manic depression are chronicled by two women who have written memoirs about the disease: NPR''s Jacki Lyden and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. Lyden chronicles her mother''s 20-year struggle with the illness and Dr. Redfield Jamison, a leading mental health professional, describes her own bout with manic depression. Both authors join Ray Suarez for a personal look at living and coping with manic depression.�

Talk Of The Nation:� Air Date:� October 13, 1997 �

GUESTS:
Jacki Lyden,
Senior correspondent, National Public Radio.� Author, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD,
Author, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (Vintage, 1997).� Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of� Medicine, Psychologist


Bipolar Grand Rounds � New Concepts in Treating Bipolar
Univ. of California Los Angeles, UCLA� http://www.bipolargrandrounds.com/archived.html

Topics
- Bipolar:� Overview, Course and Depression Relapse Prevention,� Dr. Altshuler, January 2003
- Neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder: Neuroplasticity and Cellular Resilience, Dr. Manji, February 2003
- New Treatments in Mania,� Dr. McElroy, March 2003
- Bipolar II Disorder:� The Concept of Dysphoric Hypomania,� Dr. Suppes, April 2003

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For bipolars who are medication resistant, there is a woman who has developed a system of "Health Cards" - kind of like creating your own disaster planning.

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Mental Earth Community has a good site ( http://www.mentalearth.com/ ) is excellent, but they require a non-web email (ie. not Yahoo or hotmail etc)

http://moodgarden.org/forum has a good support site for depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety; also, blogs, mood chart and a decent chat room. It's the partner website for http://mcmanweb.com

http://dbsalliance.org has a discussion forum under Resources. The site is unmoderated.

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Bump.

Massive overhaul of this Bipolar resources.

- Added many select websites with brief summarys and links.

- Added a bunch of links to websites with audio / visual educational material on Bipolar topics with summaries.

A.M.

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word.

i gave up on it, too.

sorry for being behind the times.

edit: the reason i mentioned it is because they give pretty good advice/support on the phone.

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Hey folks,

There is a ton of good information on the web. ;)

Feel free to suggest sites you have found to be helpful.

Cheers,

AirMarshall

Select Bipolar Websites: "I'm Not Clicking Too Much!"

Amen Clinics [link=http://www.amenclinic.com/"'>http://www.amenclinic.com/" target="_blank]http://www.amenclinic.com/[/link]

Dr. Daniel Amen, MD, is one of the leaders in applying SPECT imaging to clinical treatment of mental illness. Site has extensive library of SPECT images of brains with different disorders, checklists for various illnesses, help lists for coping/ treatment, video educational files, and a section with his various books.

Bipolar Aware [link=http://www.bipolaraware.co.uk/index.html"'>http://www.bipolaraware.co.uk/index.html" target="_blank]http://www.bipolaraware.co.uk/index.html[/link]

Personal website thoroughly covers all the basics of Bipolar including BP flavors, meds, therapy, coping strategies, has links and recommended books and a very active Forum, no ads. Excellent website, bright, easy to read and navigate. Thoroughly covers the subject with a British perspective without getting technical

Bipolar Focus at MoodSwing.org [link=http://www.moodswing.org/index.php"'>http://www.moodswing.org/index.php" target="_blank]http://www.moodswing.org/index.php[/link]

Comprehensive site with Bipolar info, coping and family tips, meds, research news, large section of audio/ video educational links. A truly outstanding site. Easy to navigate, no ads.

Bipolar Kids [link=http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/1068/"'>http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/1068/" target="_blank]http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/1068/[/link]

A website for parents of children including teenagers with Bipolar Disorder. Has information on diagnosing, symptoms and general information; Help links, and a section on schooling and Individual Education Plans.

Bipolar Magazine (online edition) [link=http://www.bphope.com/index.php"'>http://www.bphope.com/index.php" target="_blank]http://www.bphope.com/index.php[/link]

A "waiting room magazine" sponsored by various pharma and medical companies. Published quarterly, typically has six or seven short articles which usually have a celebrity, a personal experience story, support and coping articles, and a sound-off section. Light fare, won't strain your brain

Bipolar World [link=http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/index.html"'>http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/index.html" target="_blank]http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/index.html[/link]

Bipolar info, meds, columns, personal experiences, some news, Ask the doctor, resources, some broken links. Good overall bipolar site. Best feature IMHO is the monthly column Ask the Doctor with Dr. Jim Phelps (of Psycheducation.org).

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation [link=http://www.bpkids.org/site/PageServer"'>http://www.bpkids.org/site/PageServer" target="_blank]http://www.bpkids.org/site/PageServer[/link] Excellent child Bipolar advocacy group. Supports current research and publishes latest news on site. Now requires membership for full access, but still has much info and links available for visitors.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, DBPA [link=http://www.dbsalliance.org/"'>http://www.dbsalliance.org/" target="_blank]http://www.dbsalliance.org/[/link] The leading Bipolar advocacy group.

Living Manic Depressive [link=http://www.livingmanicdepressive.com/index.htm"'>http://www.livingmanicdepressive.com/index.htm" target="_blank]http://www.livingmanicdepressive.com/index.htm[/link]

Selections from five year diary of "Jinnah" a young man in his twenties, living on a Carribean island as he is diagnosed and learns to cope with Bipolar disorder. Extensive sections on coping and recommendations for families, no ads. An excellent personal experience site, with insights that will surprise you. Worth spending the time to read

Lucid Interval [link=http://www.lucidinterval.org/"'>http://www.lucidinterval.org/" target="_blank]http://www.lucidinterval.org/[/link]

"A Self Management Guide for Bipolar Disorder" Peter Newman, PhD, is an academic who has suffered every extreme of Bipolar disorder. He uses his personal experience to highlight and educate about bipolar illness and encourage others to persevere, includes definitions, books, resource links. Truly outstanding standing site. Easy to read, heartfelt personal experiences, no ads. Read this one.

MentalHelp.net [link=http://mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=4&cn=4"'>http://mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=4&cn=4" target="_blank]http://mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=4&cn=4[/link]

General mental illness site, topic centers in bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia. Lots of excellent how-to self help articles. Clean, easy to navigate.

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program [link=http://www.manicdepressive.org/index.html"'>http://www.manicdepressive.org/index.html" target="_blank]http://www.manicdepressive.org/index.html[/link] The facts, ma'm, just the facts. Bipolar info, treatment options, FAQ's, books, provider referral database, mood tracking forms, links, current research studies.

Mcman's Bipolar website [link=http://www.mcmanweb.com/"'>http://www.mcmanweb.com/" target="_blank]http://www.mcmanweb.com/[/link] Award winning website. Has an e-newsletter.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI [link=http://www.nami.org/"'>http://www.nami.org/" target="_blank]http://www.nami.org/[/link]

The leading mental health advocacy group. Many resources, local chapters, member assistance.

National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, [link=http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Bipolarmenu.cfm"'>http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Bipolarmenu.cfm" target="_blank]http://www.nimh.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Bipolarmenu.cfm[/link] Your (US) tax dollars at work.

PsychEducation dot Org Dr. Jim Phelps MD, psychiatrist: [link=http://www.psycheducation.org"'>http://www.psycheducation.org" target="_blank]http://www.psycheducation.org[/link] (BPII, but still good for BPI) Truly outstanding. Science based, by a working Pdoc.

Psych Central [link=http://www.psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/"'>http://www.psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/" target="_blank]http://www.psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/[/link]

Dr. John Grohol's Psych Central. Lots of Bipolar info, meds, resources, DSM codes, books, etc. Excellent site, covers many mental illnesses.

Children of a Lesser God

The Pendulum [link=http://www.pendulum.org/"'>http://www.pendulum.org/" target="_blank]http://www.pendulum.org/[/link]

A few resources, a few research news, e-newsletter, forum (new winter '06).

Bipolar About dot Com [link=http://bipolar.about.com/"'>http://bipolar.about.com/" target="_blank]http://bipolar.about.com/[/link]

Bipolar basics, news, some good personal stories, forum (largely un-moderated), *heavy advert linkage, be sure the link you are clicking is info, not an advert*.

Bipolar dot Com [link=http://www.bipolar.com/index.htm"'>http://www.bipolar.com/index.htm" target="_blank]http://www.bipolar.com/index.htm[/link]

Sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals. Has lots of definitions, link page. Good for the 15 second attention span. Don't expect any depth of knowledge.

The Icarus Project [link=http://theicarusproject.net/madness/md/"'>http://theicarusproject.net/madness/md/" target="_blank]http://theicarusproject.net/madness/md/[/link]

The web extension of a community support project in the best tradition of urban socialism. Limited bipolar info, personal experiences, and an active forum. Bipolar is only a small portion of the Icarus Project comprehensive support. Worth visiting if only for the philosophical concepts.

Audio and Video Sources: "I'm Waiting for the Movie!"

1st Annual Bipolar Symposium (2004) George Washington University Medical School [link=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/%5dhttp://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://%20%5burl=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/%5dhttp://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/" target="_blank] [link=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/" target="_blank][link=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/" target="_blank][link=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/" target="_blank][link=http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/"'>http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/" target="_blank]http://www.bipolarsymposium.info/[/link][/link][/link][/link][/link]

(Click on "Presentations" in left bar)

Featured speakers are Dr. Fred Goodwin, former head of NIMH; leader in bipolar clinical treatment, and co-author with Kay Jamison of the definitive text on bipolar disorder. Dr. Hussieni Manji is the NIMH Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology, he explains the current research leads.

- Welcome Remarks, Jeffrey S. Akman, MD

- Misdiagnosis and the Bipolar Spectrum, Frederick K. Goodwin, MD

- Neurobiology: Beyond the Synapse, Husseini K. Manji, MD

- Stabilization and the Challenge of Breakthrough Depression, Frederick K. Goodwin, MD

- The Management of Co-morbidity, Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD

- Novel Experimental Treatments, Carlos A. Zarate, MD

- Children and Adolescents: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges, Ellen Leibenluft, MD

- Question and Answer Session

Bipolar Disorder [link=http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment.php4?seg=427"'>http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment.php4?seg=427" target="_blank]http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment.php4?seg=427[/link] 14:25 minutes running (audio)

- BPI vs BPII

- Steroid use and BP, Anti-Depressants and BP unmasking

- Genes and BP, Schizophrenia

- Medications: Mood stabilizers, Anti-Depressants

Air date: February 13, 2005, WFYI, Univ. of Indiana School of Medicine

Host: Barbara Lewis,

Interview: John Nurnberger, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director of the Institute for Psychiatric Research

IU School of Medicine

Bipolar Disorder In Children [link=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1151407"'>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1151407" target="_blank]http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1151407[/link]

Running time 32:11 minutes (audio)

Bipolar disorder--once known as manic depression--seems to be on the rise in children and teens, but doctors aren't sure why. In this hour, we'll talk about bipolar disorder in children: why it's so difficult to diagnose and what treatments work.

Talk of the Nation, October 11, 2002

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I would steer clear of DBSA's forums. While there is alot of info to be gained, there's also alot of drama and conflict, which nobody needs.

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Thanks for all the great links! I'm still eager to find a vibrant chat room for bipolars.. does anyone know of one?

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