Austin: Seeking quality ongoing manic-depression / bipolar support group
July 16, 2013 2:50 AM Subscribe
I spoke last week with a close friend who recently found out -- in an interesting way -- that she has this manic depression illness, aka bipolar disorder. Knowing that I've dealt with it myself over the years, she asked me if I have found any helpful F2F support groups here in Austin. My answer -- I have not. She's looking for a group to join, a place to meet, talk with, support and gain support from a community of people suffering this thing but willing to do the work to kick free, such as they are able to. She's open to starting a group herself, and/or even hosting it in her South Austin home, if there are not currently any good meetups available.
posted by dancestoblue to health & fitness (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Do you know of a good F2F ongoing support group in Austin for people suffering this manic depression illness?
I've only tried to find F2F support for manic depression a few times, and found that the people attending were pretty much lost, unwilling and/or unable to dig deeply for information and/or resources to find out how to help themselves. And hey, that's all well and good, but it wasn't for me.
I found instead a great online support community, found what I've needed and/or wanted there.
So I've not looked for any F2F support groups in many years. For all I know Austin is bursting with them nowadays, it could be that Austin is internationally known as *the* place for F2F bipolar support. Probably there is a spectacularly helpful manic depression support group meeting every night of the year on every other block, with party hats and party favors and sacks full of psych meds stuffed into a big, brightly colored piñata hung from a tree out back, or maybe they're being handed out in Pez dispensers as door prizes by wise yet festive shrinks wearing loud yet fashionable clothing, and who knows what all else, right?
I'd like to hope that there are groups like that, here in Austin. But if there are, I don't know about them.
Any help appreciated.