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Bipolar Resources by State
MARYLAND (BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON): Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA) is a community organization that serves individuals and family members affected by a depressive illness, including bipolar. DRADA has a list of more than 75 DRADA support groups, mostly in the Baltimore-Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia or Pennsylvania areas. Phone: (703) 610-9000 or 888-288-1104. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh Bipolar Disorder Meetup Group (MEETUP.COM) http://bipolar.meetup.com) ("Often times it helps to be connected to people who understand a bit of what you are going through. This is a great place to meet local people suffering from bipolar disorder/manic depression for discussion, information, and support.") Leader: Lily – Join on-line and meet in person monthly.
DBSA Chapters/Support Groups
Abington (suburban Philadelphia)
DBSA New Directions
Contact 1: Ruth Deming
Phone: (215) 659-2366
Contact 2: Nick Breslin
Additional Phone: (215) 886-8628
Philadelphia /Bala Cynwyd
Philadelphia /Bala Cynwyd
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has a website at: http://www.bpkids.org that provides information to support families with children with bipolar. Fact sheets, newsletters, chat rooms, physician locators, and a support group directory for each state are also provided on this site.
National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all.phpects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA has more than 340 affiliates nationwide. To find help and/or a support group in your community, contact NMHA by internet at: http://www.nmha.org/affiliates/ or by phone at: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642).
UNITED WAY (Information and Referral): Dial 211
for information about support groups and services in Pennsylvania.
Your State NAMI
IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS, PLEASE CALL: 1-800-SUICIDE
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Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.
Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.
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