I found this paper titled, "What is Bipolar Disorder?" on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website that in my opinion, was one of the most extensive and informative of its kind that I've seen. Plus, though I haven't read the entire thing yet, what I have read is easy to follow.
I think it would be good for both those with or without bipolar to read.
If you are on disability and want to supplement your income, Disability Digest is hiring - you will be trained to guide customers with the resources they need..you will be given names to call and then help them connect to the resources they may need.
The link is the application and at the top of the page is a short clip that gives an overview of the job.
Because it's phone,internet, and computer work, where you live doesn't matter.
So if interested, submit your attached application soon!
Someone told me about this website where you can raise funds for just about anything -from personal projects, medical bills, various causes, college - an so on.
It doesn't cost anything to sign up. My friend created a website to raise money for an elderly person she knew who has cancer and needed help with transportation and a few other things. A goal amount was listed and it's only taken a month or so to raise enough money for her friend.
So have a look at the website to see if maybe it could be helpful for you, your loved ones, or any cause of your choice.
I was just sent a resource that may be beneficial for some folks. It's a service found in every state called, "Centers for Independant Living."
To find one of these centers in your state, go to the above link and click on your state. It will have a list of all CILs in or near your area.
It can be best explained if I just copy a portion of the email I got.
"Centers for independent living (CILs) are private, nonprofit corporations that are in large part run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities for people with disabilities.
CIL's provide services to help you maximize your independence, and help with accessibility to your community and in my opinion are one of the best resources to help you maximize your disabled life.
Centers are funded in part by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services that for the most part are FREE:
These are some of the core services you will find at your local CIL: Advocacy for disability related issue including housing. Note : CIL's do not offer housing, they only serve as an advocate referring to the best housing solution in the area.
Independent living skills and training,
Information and referrals to valuable services in your area,
Peer support (support groups, match up w/other with disabilities, transportation assistance)
helping you transition to and from an institution or rehab facility back into society,
And Sometimes more ... Depending on your local CIL you may also find, Legal Aid services, Access to treatment options, Grant writing assistance View Thread
Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different --Unknown
Hi Afraid.......I just have one comment and that is where you s aid that you just want to ask for lithium and become some passive, drooling zombie.
I just want to let you know that when lithium works for a person and they are not given too much, it doesn't turn someone into that passive, drooling zombie you speak of. I have been on lithium for 20 years, and if it did that to me, I'd be off that stuff so fast!
I don't know if you have that image of lithium based on various movies or you've seen people like that, but either way, that's not how lithium works when given properly. Some people may have that kind of reaction to it, but then that would not be the med for them.
Another thing you may want to ask your pdoc given that you've tried so many meds w/o success, is ask about MAOI's. They are generally not given as a first choice med, but when nothing else works, some pdocs will try that. MAOI meds such as Nardil or a patch called EmSam, and I can't remember the name of another commonly prescribed one. I was treatment resistent and nothing else worked and then my doc tried Nardil and have been on it ever since - 20 years!