I would like for the forum to stay as a support group for those of us who suffer from bipolar disorder like the other forums are run.
I think it would be great if Healingwell started Support Group Forums for families living/caring for those with illnesses like bipolar and other illnesses as listed in the other forum index.
I am glad that this is being looked at.
I feel that spouse/partners so need to educate themselves on this illness. I applaud those partners who seek support on this board. It touches me.
Having said that, I feel loved ones of this illness should have their own board because I no longer feel this board is devoted to "us" ~ who suffer from being bipolar. And there are times when I read posts from spouses and it does cut me down or make me feel less somehow. Speaking for myself, I need unconditional bp support from those who truly understand.
If there was a separate board for loved ones of mental illness, I would support it %100, meaning I would read, post and support those on that board. Then seek and give support here on this board for myself.
I can see both sides of this issue. Personally, a little torn. Really does not bother me either way. For me, it is a toss up. The forum is my personal playground as far as my spouse is concerned, he has not graduated up to the level of wanting to be actively educated. Probably no help here, but some very good questions and responses.
Gem (Grumpy, Grumpy Gem )