Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder


Information
Child Adolsecent Bipolar Disorder – An Overview (NZ) – Child and adolescent onset of bipolar is a relatively new concept which has not been as well studied as adult bipolar disorder (Sanchez et al, 1999).  The debate that is still ongoing today around a definition of how this disorder is presented in children and adolescents has not yet been cleared due to the lack of research into this phenomenon.  This article is taken from Balance NZ.

Links
Balance (NZ) – The mission of Balance NZ is to provide support, education, advocacy and training to people (tangata whaiora) affected by bipolar disorder or depression in New Zealand.
Black Dog Institute (AUS) – The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility dedicated to improving the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.
GROW (NZ) – GROW is a voluntary association of people who know they are inadequate or maladjusted to life (mentally, socially or spiritually), who earnestly desire to change and are helping one another to grow to personal maturity.  GROW meetings are typically formed by a group of 5 to 9 people who meet weekly for two hours followed by some refreshments.  They combine personal testimonies, reports on progress, group work on members’ problems and adult education about rebuilding lives.  Between meetings they keep in touch through friendly phone calls and organised socials.  There is no need for referral and participation is voluntary.  Meetings are confidential and anonymous – members know one another by first names only.  No fees are charged and a small donation to meet necessary expenses is voluntary.
Healthyplace.com (US) – For those who have already been diagnosed with manic depression and are in treatment, we want to help you learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder and to offer you support in your recovery.  We want to give you up-to-date information about what bipolar disorder is (and what it isn’t).  We believe that the more you understand about bipolar disorder and issues like medications, the more likely you are to get the full benefit of treatment.
Surf City Support (AUS) – Mood disorders, relapse and successful recovery have all been a part of Jerry’s life. As in nearly all families, life has had its challenges.  After a thirty-year career in health care, Jerry joined a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) family support group and began ongoing education programs with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Now, as manager of a busy DBSA Resource Center in Orange County, CA and editor of its newsletter, The Rollercoaster Times, Jerry has helped hundreds of family members, companions and caregivers assisting loved ones suffering from mental illnesses.