This board is a great place for advice, guidance and help. Both giving and recieving.
Just a caution to watch for people who push a particular perspective, particularly if they are doing it in private. Be aware if you are becoming dependent on one or two people here.
While advice is no doubt well meant some people have a tendancy to be controlling, to create a dependency on them. It's not healthy for you because you end up feeling beholden to them and a pressure to take their direction. It's not healthy for them because it places a burden on them, who as non professionals, they aren't equipped to handle. I've seen this happen several times and the fallout is very damaging for all concerned.
We do get a few people that are pushing a particular perspective, religious, non medication, some wonder product etc but these are rare.
Be mindful of people who are giving advice on bipolar matters, who aren't bipolar themselves ,although they may be posting on our board. It's hard enough for us to understand our own condition, more or less impossible for someone who isn't bipolar themselves.
The overwhelming majority of us are just trying to help as best as we can while dealing with our own problems, but on the internet it is very easy to fall into the trap of a co-dependent relationship, so be aware of that.
Mark (acuriousfish) and Jan (SuncloudJD)
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