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Vimaries Tan
· February 9, 2018
Hi, I'm a bipolar.I've had several suicide attempts and the last one is last new year's eve. Sometimes this page do help. But I need more suggestions on how to deal with all those depression. So pleas...e kindly share your suggestions or if you can please be my friend. See More
Rachelle Francisco
· August 11, 2017
The articles here are greatly helpful in understanding & caring for persons living with mood conditions. Been sharing some posts for our advocacy in the Philippines. Kudos & so much thankful & hoping ...for better chances of recovery with compassionate family members, friends & community. 😊❤ See More
Jacqueline Fabian
· March 30, 2016
I was diagnosed with BD2 3 years back. I really felt like I was alone I didn't understand what was going on with me. I didn't have the support of my family because to them mental illness doesn't exist.... When I would have my manic episodes they would say Im exaggerating. I would last almost 2 weeks with little to no sleep then crash for 2 to 3 days straight. When I was depressed to them I just had self esteem issues. I would tell them that something didn't feel right and they wouldn't even pay attention. I was all over the place until I hit rock bottom and I was tired of feeling the way I felt. I almost ended it all and because of all the unsafe thoughts I ended up in a mental rehab center where I began to understand what I was going through. Now that I have been working on myself and treatment has been going ok I can start to understand what I have to go through each day. Each day is a challenge and a chance to understand a little more of this disorder. I'm more than my illness I have a husband who tries his best to make me feel like everyone else. He doesn't treat me different. This page let's me know that there's is alot more people like me and that I don't have to feel alone and that I can get through anything just like all of you have. It's gives people like me hope and comfort. A place where we can relate to one another... Thank you... See More
Venturium Hexatious Cerberus
· February 3, 2017
I was diagnosed with bipolar and PTSD and other problems, I was skeptical at first following this page, but I gave it a try and I'm grateful I did so. I have my own service dog named Hecate or "Hex" f...or short, and article about service dogs always make me happy because people start to learn the fundamentals of what a service dog is. I, myself, advocate for mental health awareness but also for service dogs. I am thankful for an amazing page that makes me comfortable to read and to relate to other people. See More
Brittney Prine
· September 22, 2016
This page has help me a lot I have bi-polar type 2 and there are some day that I can even Stan to be around people and then when someone ask what's wrong all I can tell them is I'm haveing a off day do you tell someone what's wrong with you when you don't know or can't put in to words I have always know I had bi polar but I just saw help for it a few months ago I have been on two different med and right know I'm off and I have to go back I can't dile with this I felt like I had everything under control and now I don't know but I just take it one day at a time See More
Rachael Bradford
· March 30, 2016
I have Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar ll Rapid Cycling to be precise I was diagnosed 3yrs ago and it has been one hell of a journey. Now, today I am stable and would never change any part of me or my journ...ey. I've learnt so much about myself and I'm continuing to do so I do not hate my illness as it has given me more strength and courage than you could ever know. I still have my bad days but those to enable me to grow and learn more. I love who am and who I'm becoming and I wouldn't be that person without my Bipolar.
Today is World Bipolar Day, so share a thought for those with mental illness it's not easy but we made it!!
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Olivia Pompeii
· March 30, 2016
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during a hospitalization at the age of 14. At the time I didn't really understand what that was. Through my teen years it was hospital after hospital and I felt l...ike giving up numerous times and ending my life. It was some of the loneliest moments. Relationship and friendships seemed impossible. I never took therapy seriously, that is until I found I trusted. Trust and understanding was and still is one of the most important things to me. When I found this page it opened my eyes and I realized I am not alone. With hard work and dedicating myself to a better life I am a loving granddaughter, daughter, neice, sister, girlfriend, friend and a passionate companion therapist in a hospital.

This page is beautiful ❤
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Angie Ashcraft
· June 24, 2016
Im glad IBF is here for those of us who live with BP. We have a place to share our thoughts and look for help when feeling lost and alone. I was diagnosed with BP in my late 20s, after I had a nervous... breakdown in the doctors office. She sent me to a specialist, who then diagnosed me. I believe I have been with it for longer then that but I was too young to understand what was happening to me. Thank you IBF for the hard work you do to help us endure, get through the hard times and remind us we are good people who did nothing to cause the disorder. ❤❤ See More
Amy Oliver
· February 13, 2018
Food for mood swaps
25 September 2017 ·
Welcome to my page. 🙏❤️[UK]...
I have reversed type two diabetes, reduced a family members cholesterol. I have lost 2 1/2 stone in 5 months. I have disappeared an ovarian cyst. Eczema, asthma, IBS, anxiety, depression, mood disorder [ manic depression,psychosis] a biggy,brain fog, low energy, Sailed through the menopause at 53 and with 2 teenagers in the home. [ got off 8 pills]
My healing protocol is fruits, veg [organic] a tiny amount of red meat on the bone, tiny seafood, healthy fats, milled nuts and seeds like hemp, flax,pumpkin etc, Mushrooms. Chick peas.lentils, Dark 85% chocolate, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and tiny bit of dairy, thats it. Only coconut milk. I have lots of photos of all my meals, I'm no great cook.
[no nightshades, no grains, no added sugar, no gluten, no alcohol, no coffee or tea, no cows milk,]
I upped my alkalinity foods [and downed the acid forming ones]and drinks and did an anti inflammatory eating plan.
If your health is in a mess, inbox me as I have links to lots of functional Dr's and programs of so called incurable chronic diseases and how to put them in remission. I am a qualified holistic nutritionist, and specialise in mental health.
kelly brogan md check her out
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Suzanne Ward Buck
· July 10, 2016
This page is amazing. It is opening the eyes of those who don;t suffer from mental illness and helping those who do to understand it better and not feel so alone.

When I was first diagnosed in 1998 ...not that much was known about bipolar disorder I and there really wasn't too much to educate yourself and your loved ones on the subject. However, I found this great book through research called
"An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness" by Kay Redfield Jamison.
I personally suggest everyone who is suffering read this. Afterwards, you will know for sure you are NOT alone.

Thanks so much International Bipolar Foundation for making all of this possible!
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Fee Newlands
· February 19, 2018
Good source of information & interesting articles that make it easier to accept you’re not the only one who has these traits
Deeanah Lane
· August 16, 2016
My husband has bipolar 1 and reading stories about other people the advice and journey's other have taken its amazing everyday is a challenge and some days are harder then others but i wouldnt have an...yone else i love him the way he is and i love knowing that help for us both is out there when he first got diagnosed he had no he he hide away from the workd scared and unable to level out 6 years later he can scream from the roof tops because he is no longer afford of it taking over he tells him self everyday he is in control See More
Lorna Mckellican
· January 4, 2018
Inspirational reviews every thing makes sense after finding all the information about bipolar.... don't hide from who you are..🖒🖒🖒🖒
Jo Thompson
· March 31, 2016
I was miss diagnosed at aged 14 as having teen angst, then again after the birth of my son at aged 21. Eventually after seeing several psychiatrists, doing test after test, I was diagnosed as having... bipolar rapid cycling (along with anxiety) in 2008 whilst in my 30's.
I educated myself on all mental health issues by doing research online, then last year a course through work, to help myself and also so I can help others professionally one day.
I was put on lithium and despite the constant blood tests, it worked. Sadly, due to developing hand problems, I had to come off them as it cannot be taken with Anti-inflammatory meds.
I haven't been put on any other meds apart from an antidepressant which was given when I reached my breaking point and had a breakdown. That was approximately 14 months ago aged 43.
I find it incredibly hard to find a helpline in the UK that will help with bipolar. (many will do anxiety and depression but are not set for bipolar)
I have never had any therapy for the condition which is part of who I am, but do want therapy, I wish there were more places around for this mental health issue.
International Bipolar Foundation has helped so much and to realise you're not alone, that there are people who not only understand but also WANT to understand and listen, is a fantastic thing in itself.
I struggle every day and am trying to change my way of thinking to be more positive. I'm not easy to work or live with but I refuse to use bipolar as an excuse each time my mood isn't how others want it to be, people say ' oh you having a bad head day ' or similar, which I don't mind to be honest, but would like people to realise that maybe we have another reason for being upset, agitated, excited or lethargic. Maybe someone has actually put us in a bad mood etc.
I'd like to thank everyone who shared their stories as you don't know who you may help or make feel less alone :)
I could write so much more but will leave it by saying
Thank you, and keep up the good work.
And thank you to the extremely small amount of people who know me in life, that have actually taken the time to listen to me, and the 1 who took it upon himself to learn about my illness
To all my fellow bipolar warriors, stay strong.
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Chadwick Steiner-Mitchell
· July 12, 2016
This page is excellent. I find the articles I read on here keep me in touch with medical advances concerning mental health taking place around the globe, which interests me plenty! People also get to ...share their stories as well which is awesome on many levels. Some find hope in others stories as well as ideas or information and it's nice to vent or share your own experiences. See More
Brulo Rydables
· January 5, 2018
Really great resource, most helpful I've found personally
Hannah Pratt
· April 25, 2017
I have struggled with bipolar disorder and major depression since I was 9, I recently got diagnosed with slight ptsd.. this page has helped me realize I'm not alone and it's helped shed light to other... people who sometimes tend to be rude or ignorant towards me. See More
Alicia Ladygreeneyes Daijah-Beverley
· May 16, 2016
I was diagnosed with bi-polar i thought it was going to change my life but each day you read up on it more the more you can survive the suffer you have inside. I was diagnosed with it when ibwas 13 ye...ars old. Ever since I get all angry one min happy the next it is an on going constant battle we battle everyday. Keep ur head healed high because nothing will ever beat us. xx See More
Kimberly Anne Gann-Preis
· December 31, 2016
This page is sooo incredibly amazing and informative. I'm living with Bi-Polar 2 and it's a struggle every second of every day. Knowing that I'm not the only one out there is sooo helpful. I didn't kn...ow it until I seen it but there is a Bi Polar magazine out there. That is the kind of information and reading about how to manage your Bi Polar and letting those who don't suffer from the mental illness know and be aware of certain things is what makes International Bipolar Foundation amazing! 5 Stars all the way!!!!!! See More
· December 14, 2017
Thank you for all of this. so Thank you. so thank you.

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