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 live in the UK and only discovered this charity recently when I was seeking help. I emailed them and always received a quick reply which was personal and always from the same member of staff. I am so grateful for their support and helping me be brave and be more open about my bipolar disorder. I have since listened to great advice from top researchers who give very interesting and relevant advice/information. I am so supportive of their work and am beginning to join in as a volunteer to help in any way I can.
I joined the International Bipolar Foundation about 6 months ago after being directed there from another site. The amount of information and resources available is amazing. I have bipolar disorder and have always been very secretive about it. I have followed IBF daily through Facebook and prior to World Bipolar Day started doing a lot of research about mental illness and stigma, especially around bipolar disorder. Through the encouragement of the stories I read from people involved in the foundation and the ever increasing frustration I was feeling about having to hide my mental illness I decided to "come out" to my facebook friends about my bipolar disorder. It was a very liberating and rewarding experience for me. I continue to benefit from the information, the positivity and the resources this group provides. And, I am constantly astounded at the reach of the Foundation.
After leaving the hospital when I had my last episode, I was desperate to learn more about my illness and find suppport. IBPF was an immense support and gave me hope & courage. The current research they provided about bipolar disorder from various sources was very informative & that was what I was most interested in. They also shared several articles on how to cope with the illness. I also applaud their efforts to help reduce the stigma about mental illness. I was very happy to find an organization solely dedicated to bipolar disorder. I strongly believe that organizations such as the International Bipolar Foundation (IBFP) are GREATLY needed in this time and age considering there is still such a huge amount of stigma surrounding mental illness and it is still such a taboo topic in many societies around the world.
Experiencing a fairly new diagnosis of a family member with BP is overwhelming and would be even more so if I had to do the research about the illness on my own. It is comforting to know that I can go to IBPF
website and find current information around the globe regarding ongoing research, medications, personal
memoirs, books, lectures, etc. The few lectures and webinars I have participated in have been invaluable. More than anything, it has been re-assuring and less isolating to read that others share similar challenges and concerns regarding their loved ones illness. LBB
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a couple of years ago. The international bipolar foundation has helped me a lot in learning more about my disorder and how to manage it. They have this amazing handbook that is incredibly useful to me and my family in understanding this disorder. Their web seminars have also been incredibly useful. I feel supported because of them.