It all began when I started blogging. What started as a medium of creative expression, a platform to motivate others led to something unexpected. I’d been posting about how I switched between radically different careers. One of the posts in this series was ‘At the Crossroads of life’. I was flooded with surprised reactions, advice, positive comments and of course the odd scepticism on my story about how Bipolar had disrupted my life.
Importantly, a counsellor friend from New Delhi asked for my permission to share it with Psychiatric Hospitals there. I readily agreed. While interacting with friends, gradually a broader picture emerged. Obviously I was not the lone Bipolar out there, nothing new in that. What did change is, as a result of my writing, I began to come to know of specific cases as disclosed by very close friends, relatives and so on. There was one common thread about the cases I heard. Virtually NONE of them is in a stable condition. Many had flatly refused to seek professional help or had quit midway. For one who been through the horrors of it all, this state of affairs disturbed me.
It was then I realised how fortunate was I to have recovered from a prolonged dark phase. I thank my Medical team of Psychiatrists, Counsellors and the patience of my family members. On the other hand, the lack of awareness or media attention on the growing threat of Bipolar as compared to other illnesses begged for a solution. I had always toyed with the idea of some platform or community where such discussions could be held, where I could reach out to more people. Being a good communicator and writer helped my cause.
I was encouraged by a very dear friend/mentor Puneet Bhatnagar. In fact this initiative is primarily his brainchild and he has goaded me into action. He personally happens to have a few friends who he strongly believes can be helped by an initiative such as this. Although there are many platforms/communities globally on Depression and Mental illness, in India, since openly talking about such issues carries a taboo with it, there is big vacuum. Thus was born Bipolarindia.
This Community is about us foremost- by us I mean, Bipolar and Depression afflicted who can learn from Doctors, Motivators, Resource providers who interact on one common platform towards one goal:
Lightening the burden of Bipolar and Depression.
It is a bridge between Doctors and Patients: I cannot emphasise this more- any serious Mental illness (Bipolar or otherwise) needs immediate Psychiatric treatment.
You can expect valuable, inspirational stories, hear about fellow patient’s tips and suggestions and post your own doubts and queries. Plus practical tips and suggestions to lift your mood.
From today onwards, maybe you have a reason to feel less lonely.
This site strongly advocates diagnosis and treatment only by qualified Psychiatrists. There is no alternative to adhering to your Doctor’s prescribed medicines and check ups as advised on a regular basis.
Any methods, resources suggested on this site are at best supplementary in the healing process and NOT by any means an alternative to professional treatment under the care of a Psychiatrist.