This organization help me get organized when my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was the worst crisis in my life. Their educational material is readily available, for free. It is up to date and evidence based. Their webinars are timely and cover the depth n breath of this illness. The international nature is so meaningful. It debunks the notion that this is a made up illness to benefit big pharma. It also provides culturally sensitive information.
As a volunteer and client served, I have nothing but praise for IBPF! I stumbled across their site over a year ago and found my home for education and inspiration. I was still struggling with addiction and recovering from a drug induced mania, joblessness, criminal charges and hopelessness. IBPF provided an educational tool and an outlet to share my experience, strength and hope. Much has changed for the better and I so appreciate IBPF's role in my continued recovery.
I can't remember how long I have been diagnosed with this BiPolar 1 disorder but it has traumatized me throughout my life. The Highs and Lows, three failed marriages, financial losses, many jobs have all taken their toll on my soul. I am currently under psychiatric care and receiving group counseling through an outpatient program from a hospital. Finding the IBPF has been a blessing to my life and helps me to know that I am not alone. Their professionalism and dedication to help others is above and beyond the call of duty. I love receiving their newsletter and listening to their webinars. Praise God for their dedication to removing the stigma associated with this disorder. Christina Rossetti
I have bipolar II and been struggling with this from several years undiagnosed. It's been only one year since diagnosed but I've learned here the most I know about my mental illness, Im still struggling but I feel there is a resilience possibility that I didn't imagine before.
I have bipolar 1 and have struggled with this for two years. Prior to that I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder after the birth of my son. The International Bipolar Foundation Foundation and it's webinars have been a source of great information for me.
I'm early onset rapid cycling bipolar with multiple OCD. I’m also an artist and have written a couple of essays in regards to a series of paintings that I’m creating that are concerned with my experience with being bipolar from such a young age. The essays can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/684800134895485/
I have bipolar II and have had episodes of depression throughout my adult life. It was only diagnosed though three years ago. I love the webinars that the International Bipolar Foundation have almost every Wednesday. They are very educational. The site is full of good information and resources. It helps me be more informed both about my own condition, but also in ways I can support others. I am glad I found the site.
I have Ultra Rapid/Ultradian Cycling Bipolar Disorder. I've been treatment resistant, and have embarked on a research journey for my wellbeing and seeking ways to amplify the limited effect medication has on me. I feel honored to be able to assist this organization, they bring much needed information, geared towards patients, loved ones, caretakers and the general community on an international scale. Personally, I have helped them translate their "Healthy Living" manual to Spanish. They bring varied topics, from scientific research data, personal blogs, media articles, among others. They are readily available through various social media outlets, including Facebook & Twitter. They also post motivational images, fostering positive feedback among the audience. Last, but not least, they actively monitor to answer any urgent concerns or questions asked. The International Bipolar Foundation is an excellent resource, not just an informational one, but also for those seeking support from like-minded individuals or fellow patients or caretakers.
I have been diagnosed with bipolar for 31 years. Every day, IBF provides messages of hope and support, as well as cutting edge information - right to my phone via Facebook. I love IBF!
I have had rapid cycling type 1 bipolar since I was 18 years old (now I am 31) and this organization is full of both personal accounts of strength and hope, and medical research. There is something for everyone here. They are also understanding to my medical needs and that's great to help with someplace who is sensitive to my needs as well as being efficient. I am not only helping myself but helping others as well.