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Vintage13 posted:
Wondering if anyone out there has any ideas for me. I can't afford therapy right now, and really need it right now. (Church is out for me, I'm an atheist) In my very small area I live in there is really no choices out here. I'm looking for anything including something online. I'm getting desperate again. I feel suicidal everyday and only keep from it due to my small children in the house with me. I need someone to talk to. Any help is appreciated.
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snowyowl33 responded:
Hi Vintage,

Welcome to the board, your not alone anymore.... there are some very kind people here, and also Dr. G who is great with answering your questions re meds etc. You might want to look into NAMI as I believe they will help, with a number of things. If I remember right, i posted a list under the resources or tips section of places you can look into for help... I will check after and see.... Talk to us here, there is so much to live for, and sometimes we just need to reach out to those who understand, and connect.. we understand here, and there are lots of parents/Moms/Dads on the board too who can relate to having children as well...pull up a chair and make yourself at home...

Hugs
Snowy
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. Dalai Lama
 
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snowyowl33 responded:
Hi Again,

I found it, actually it was under TIPS as the resources is more stats and articles.. so here you go...

This was last posted by Sky (thanks hon) but I thought it was time to post it again. I have also added a few more websites with some really good info.

Cheers Snowy

or anyone who needs it...

This is a re-post from May, 2008, periodically posted again & updated for reference.

Helpful resources: = BOOKS =

"01CHow to Survive your Bipolar Brain (and stay functional)"01D By Bob Bradley

"01CBipolar Disorder Demystified"01D by Lana R. Castle

"01CBipolar Disorder for Dummies "01D by Candida Fink MD

"01CMadness: A Bipolar Life"01D by Marya Hornbacher

"01CA Mood Apart"01D by Peter C. Whybrow MD

"01CA Brilliant Madness"01D by Patty Duke

"01CThe Bipolar Child"01D by Demitri Papolos, M.D., and Janice Papolos

"01CWe Heard the Angels of Madness"01D by Diane and Lisa Berger

"01CThe Complete Idiot"019s Guide to Managing Your Moods"01D by Psy. D., ASPP, John D. Preston

"01CAn Unquiet Mind"01D by Kay Redfield Jamison

"The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" by David Miklowski MD

"The Bipolar Workbook Tools For Controlling Your Mood Swings" by Monica Basco, PhD

"Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life" by Martin E. P. Seligman

= WEBSITES =

www.facingus.org

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml

www.bipolardisorder.com/index.jsp

www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home

www.realmentalhealth.com/ (24 hr chat)

www.bpso.org (for significant others)

www.newhopenow.org (Free 24/7 live IM counselors)

www.nami.org (national Alliance for mental Illness) - they have 1400 local chapters in every state and provide information and resources FREE

www.mentalhealth.com

www.dr-bob.org

www.psycheducation.org

www.bipolarworld.net

www.askapatient.com/index.asp (find out drug reviews and side effects from other patients)

www.befrienders.org (helpline for emotional support/suicide prevention worldwide)


= Help-lines =

Hope Line Network: (800) 422-HOPE (1-800-422-4673)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (toll free) (800) 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center: (800) 789-2647

Mental Health America:(800) 969-6642

The Alcoholism and Addiction Treatment Hotline (800) 993-1161

Nationwide Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Hotline (866) 96-SOBER (1-866-967-6237)

Substance Abuse Help: (800) 622-HELP

1-800-ADA-Work (for job discrimination/accomodation help)

1-888-4PPA-Now ( for help getting free meds) also the same organization can be found at www.pparx.org



Hope something there will help..
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. Dalai Lama
 
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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:

Vintage13,

You might start by calling your primary care doctor for an initial assessment, which he or she should be competent to do (the majority of mental health services in the US are administered by primary care doctors). It's possible a medicine might be helpful, and he/she may know of some resources to put you in touch with.

Good luck -

Dr. G.