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Group Therapy for Bipolar

Do you attend a group therapy ? At first I didn't. Surprising my Psychiatrist came with me to my first meeting. He admitted to also have been fighting depression for over 20 years. The group we attended was thru DBSA & is open to Bipolar, PStd,GAD,ect. The map on their website looks like they have a SUPport group in every major city in the USA.
Our support group in California is great. Some members find it as necessary as their Psychiatrist & it's free! Pamela
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My therapist asked me if I would be open to a group session for a few months. She asked other clients she felt are like minded if you would be interested too. Last I heard at least 2 of us are. The idea is that we do group therapy, get to know each other, and then it will be up to is to support each other from there. I know group addiction therapy is one if my favorites, so I said I would like to try it. I am waiting to see what happens. Also, by sharing with my neighbors, I discovered the guy across the street is BP1. Just like addiction, we tend to hide it as bipolar. I am realizing how many parallels there are to addiction/bipolar. I feel better about it as I open up and be myself, even though I'm crazy. I'm seeing it as a good kind of crazy and am finding out I really don't have to feel so alone in all this.
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That idea sounds great. In my group there are usually 10-20 people & we all know each other by now. Just once in awhile someone new will come & check it out. We meet at free room a Vet gets for us at a VA hospital. Super Lucky for me, I can walk there. (I don't always feel like driving after all day taking meds. Each person has 6 min to share & ask for feedback if they want it. It works out good & if someone's in Crisis we just talk less & let them talk more. This is the first group I've ever belonged to,but some of the others say it's the best group they've ever had.  I think things are pretty much what you make them. The group gave me their emls so I can get support while I'm here in CR. Pamela
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Talked to my therapist today and she said more people are on board. We're meeting after the new year. She said I probably know one of them, in Shasta, most likely know all of them. You helped look forward to it even more.
6726276 tn?1421126668
Great. Yes Shasta is small. You are so good at helping people keep it together on MedHelp, I just know you will be a huge asset to any group that meets in person. You have so much patience. I love reading some if your old posts. It helps me.
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I am having a hard time going to group meetings. There is a new one in Tempe, AZ that I've been wanting to go to but I feel guilty about leaving my family at home for the night. I can't seem to get around it. My wife goes to things fairly often and I envy her. It's part of my PTSD I think that keeps me home. Hopefully I can get past it because I think it would do me good.
1985196 tn?1402190098
Hi,

I normally do go to group mine's an activitie's group for people with mental health issue's . We do ten pin bowling ,swimming , gym , tennis & lunch and conversation meeting's all through  the week . I haven't been going lately because i've been unwell up until recently but i might start back up next week if not after xmas and newyear .
6726276 tn?1421126668
An activity support group sounds great.
  I'm always on my guard,so I don't isolate. Going to group gets me dolled up, out of house too!  Since I'm in CR now, MH is my new support. You guys have been great!  Thanks again!    Pamela
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