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 am so thankful I was able to find the IBF because it has helped not only me, being diagnosed with BiPolar little over a year, but it has also helped my marriage. Having information and resources to help my husband and family understand what is going on, makes it a bit easier on me as well. IBF Facebook page is one I follow closely. The articles and blogs are great and I'm proud to share the information with others. I have referred the site a few times. Thank you IBF!!!
For about a year I have benefitted from the information posted. I was diagnosed with bipolar 20 years ago. I have learned some helpful things from the internet posts. I have agreed with 90% of the information. I refer information to others with mental illness.
I have a bipolar disorder and reading all the information that the Foundation provides helps a lot to feel that someone out there is working to find for us better meds, therapy, prevention on relaps. Only a Bipolar will always understand a Bipolar but the Foundation does a great job understanding and supporting, just love for you guys!
A couple weeks ago, my psychiatrist started to mention the possibility of bipolar disorder in my mental status. I was then, after weeks of extensive analysis and evaluation, officially diagnosed with type I mixed bipolar disorder. The International Bipolar Foundation(IBPF) has provided me with many interesting articles on my facebook home page that have furthered my understanding of the disorder as well as my understanding of the actions and behaviors I have presented in the past and the reasons behind them.
I have bi-polar. Everyday I realize with this website I am not alone. My struggles don't go unnoticed. They gave great support banners I can proudly display on my Facebook. Having bi-polar doesn't define me as a person , it is part of my person. Through the support on this website many people can show support for others and talk about their story. I am very grateful to the Bi-Polar organization for having the wisdom and strength to boldly help others with this disorder. Sincerely Janet Thomas
For 22 years now I have been the only person who has stayed in contact with my daughter who has Bipolar disorder, the pain and struggle that she and I have gone through can't be describe here. My daughter again is hospitalized, I cannot express how thankful and grateful the education I have received on the webinars through International Bipolar Foundation, they have enabled and equip me to see that education of this illness has finally given me understanding and hope for my daughter. My prayer is that one day she can view this educational webinars and referrals so she can start to see that she has a hopeful, productive future. This education that I have gone through should be given to doctors, hospitals and long term facilities and social workers that are connected to help the mentally ill patient.
The day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder was such an eventful experience that I will never forget. It has impacted every decision I have made in my life from that point forward. I have been so blessed to find such an organization as this at such a young age! My thanks goes out to those that created/run this organization. I learned about you five years after my diagnosis, and those first five years were very difficult and lonely with no one outside my immediate family to support me. Now that I have found an entire network of those that have the same diagnosis as I have, I'm not so lonely anymore........ so thanks!
i have been following IBPF postings since the last two year. the communications are very helpful. as a BP person- i have been immensely getting benefitted from the research, communications and other efforts of IBPF. their emails also contain lot of information and knowledge on the subject. IBPF should play greater role in international arena.
G M Sastry
The International Bipolar Foundation helped encourage and educate me. I really appreciate the information they have provided. I want everyone to know about this foundation so that more people can be helped.
As a caretaker of a family member with Bi-polar disease, this organization has easied my burden by sharing insights, from medical studies to clients sharing their story. They have given me hope and helped me to understand and know how to approach living. It has been part of helping me find the way to help my family member to come to terms with the disease and know that you can go on and live a productive life plus at the same time advocate for a better public understanding of mental health disease.
This organization has great vision and is truly here to serve those in need. I have a friend with bi-polar disorder, it has been a long 30+ years that we have fought this together. I have seen how it has changed her life, and mine. Because this disorder runs in her family, her mother, brother, many of her cousins, aunts and uncles have it as well. The loss of family members due to suicide during a "down" time is far more than any other family I know. We have had many talks on the phone during these down times for her, when all I could do was pray that when I woke in the morning, she would still be alive.
This being said, she is a successful business woman. She volunteers many hours every year to many different causes. By looking at her, talking with her, you would never know about the darkness that lurks within her. She is kind, great with kids and animals, very moral and generally happy.
It has been difficult for her to make long term friends, have a boyfriend and sometimes in the work place. There is indeed a horrible stigma associated with bi-polar disorder, and most people don't want to learn about it, they just walk away from it. It is just as serious as cancer, but people rally around those who are suffering; while those with mental illness such as this, often sit alone; afraid to talk about it for fear of being judged or ostracized.
This foundation's goal to educate, eradicate and comfort is a dream come true for people like me (who has a dear friend who suffers) and my friend and her family.
Thank you, International Bi-Polar Foundation for taking on the masses and offering a hand to those in need of it! We all applaud you and all you serve! I pray for your continued success!