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When I told dear husband I was bipolar before we got married 10 years ago, he educated himself on the internet by searching for bipolar on Google, especially WebMD.



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6/8/14 11:14 P

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I'm late to this discussion. Most guys like Comic Books. My husband found "Marbles" by Ellen Forney incredibly helpful. Ellen is a graphic artist with a wicked sense of humor.

When I read it, I found it helpful, though it kind of put me in a bit of a manic mode. I completely understand why my husband found it helpful, which was more of the point of the thing.

Hope this helps.
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NAMI also has an excellent class called Family-To-Family that meets weekly for, I think,12 weeks. The members of the class bond so much they often form a support group of their own once the class is over. It doesn't have to be family members--just loved ones.

Also they have a support group for people w/a mental illness called "Connection." It is led by a trained Consumer (what NAMI calls people w/a mental illness, but I know they are looking for a better term). Any ideas?

NAMI also has a class for those w/a mental illness. It meets for 9 weeks & is called "PEER-to-Peer." Again these classes are taught by trained "Consumers" so they know the reality of having the various different mental illnesses. It is an excellent program & all these resources are FREE!!!!

Try looking on-line for nami.org & then clicking on your state & seeing what is offered closest to you, but also call their office, as these are all staffed by volunteers & I have found some of the sites woefully outdated.

New things are being offered & developed all the time so please do get assistance in explaining your illness to those of your family & friends that need to know or you want them to know.

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Try NAMI (a mental health group). They have education for family and friends and what you can do to help them. They meet in support groups, so hopefully you can find one not only for yourself but for your boyfriend as we.. *hugs*

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6/4/14 3:58 P

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I need help finding ways to educate my boyfriend about my illness...

My boyfriend and I have been together for just over 2 years. We've been living together for almost a year now. He's been with me through a few episodes in that time, both mania and depression. He knows a few things about bipolar disorder...just the essentials. How can I get him to, or help him, educate himself about my illness? I tried getting a book for him and he couldn't get past the first chapter. He's been to a couple therapy sessions with me too but we didn't have a chance to talk about the basics of my illness. And he knows how important it is to me that he learns as much as he can about it. What can/should I do to help him?

Please help!


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