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Suicidality  and Crisis Resources

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Crisis Information
  • If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

  • If you believe you may be suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) immediately, or consult their website at They are available 24/7 for anyone in suicidal crisis in the United States.

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  • If you suspect an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) OR TTY 1-800-787-3224 immediately, or consult their website at They are available 24/7 for anyone in need of assistance within the United States.

  • Don't forget to make use of other sources of support that you may have, such as:
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    • Crisis center in your area.

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Medication Information Resources
Wondering about your meds? What are the side effects? How well do they interact? What should you ask your doctor about? Use these links to research your medications, or those of a loved one. Enjoy.
These resources were updated on 11/23/2013 by stkitt.

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Website Resources
Mayo Clinic Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder - Facts and Symptoms
Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

Resources updated by stkitt 11/23

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Book Resources

If you're looking for some helpful reading material, here are some books that have been  recommended over the years. These are of course just a smattering of the hundreds of books available.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David J. Miklowitz PhD (Dec 15, 2010)

The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar
   by Terri Cheney ·  Atria Books ·  2012.03.13 ·  paperback 
Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families ...
   by Robert O. Knauz, Jane N. Kogan ·  Oxford University Press, USA ·  2008.04.02 ·  paperback ·
One of my own favorites as it is honest, heartbreaking in some places but teaches you that you can overcome mental health disorders:
Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman (Feb 4, 1997)  I have read it more than once.
Thank you for letting me update your resources.  I was dx 31 years ago with Major Depressive Disorder, GAD and later on PTSD. I also have OCD and at one time my Psychiatrist questioned bipolar but decided I had enough problems..........
Bless each of you who are challenged daily with this disorder.


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Coping with Bipolar Partner’s Mood Swings

Here are some tips for surviving and thriving in your relationship:

Breathe. When things are tough, take a deep breath and step back. It’s a disease — it’s not the person. So you try to remember that.

Build support. Caring for someone with a disease can keep you focused on their needs, but you also need your own sources of support. Joining a support group for family members of bipolar patients can help. Working with your own therapist may also be a good idea. Support from understanding family and friends is also invaluable.

Get away. Find time for just you, time away from your partner.  Perhaps even a week-end away on your own or with friends.  There are many opportunities calling your name.

Laugh. Whether you can insert humor into the situation and get a good response is highly individual.  Try to make your partner laugh to help her out of the low moods.  Always keep in mind this is her disorder, not yours.  You want to be the support person so do not take it to heart if none of these ideas work out.

Enforce meds. Make it clear to your partner that taking her medication is non-negotiable. If she refuses to take her meds (as people often do when they are manic), you leave, even if only to spend the night at a friend’s house to make your point. You’re not being cruel; you are trying to get her back on track.

Recall your love. There are hard times in relationship with a bipolar partner.  See the woman you fell in love with, even when her moods are unpredictable.

Know (or grow) your philosophy of commitment to a partner. You chose this lady; you did not make a commitment a disease. While a bipolar disorder is difficult, the person you fell in love with is still there. Take time to decide if you can stand by your lady or do you feel you have a philosophy regarding what you expect out of this relationship?

Look for triggers. When your partner is in a stable or more favorable mood, pay close attention to what environmental triggers precipitated and are maintaining the stability. Often there are specific environmental stressors or soothers — including relationship issues — that influence mood swings. Use the soothers to help maintain the mood that both of you are desiring.

Ask. Despite the mood swings, your partner can tell you what she needs. Have an honest discussion about what is helpful to her when she is in an undesirable mood. Attempt to incorporate ideas, plans, and strategies so that there can be a minimization of harmful effects.

Keep talking. There may be days and weeks when it is not easy, but communication is essential. Communication during and between mood swings is critical to managing the accompanying stressors.

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Additional Crisis Information

US: 1-800-273-TALK

Canada: 1-800-SUICIDE
OR help lines and centers by province:

International: Befrienders Worldwide
Befrienders Worldwide

Australia: 13-11-14 (lifeline) or 1-800-55-1800 (kids help line for 5-25 yrs old)

People Who Can Help You With Your Mental Illness or Trauma

  • doctors
  • psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors
  • social workers
  • hospitals
  • university or school-affiliated programs
  • employee assistance programs
  • Support groups
  • religious groups

Don’t Give Up

There are people who love you and want to help you. There are resources that can help you get better.

No matter how alone you might feel, no matter how unfixable things may seem, you are not alone, and people can help. But no one can help you if you don’t reach out.

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