November, 2006
Forum Moderator


Bipolar World congratulates Mike, our Volunteer of the Month for the month of November, 2006.  Mike, known for his warmth and friendliness, is a forum moderator in Bipolar World's "When It's Not Just Bipolar" forum where he shares his many personal experiences and knowledge with the other members.  Mike is also involved in many community activities including Habitat for Humanity and as he says, the list goes on. 


After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1991, Mike retired in 1994 due to the side effects of his medications.  He describes himself as a computer weenie who diddles with his computer even though it's not the same type as what he worked on when he was employed.  A couple of years ago Mike moved to Lacey, Washington where he is currently doing renovation work on his cottage.  While his german shepherd Spot is busy keeping the cottage lined with fur, Mike is busy with his many activities to choose from such as his volunteer services, beekeeping, woodworking, dancing, yoga, tv and reading.  He also enjoys the friendships in his single's groups.  Keeping busy and out of the house is important to him.  No doubt we can understand why his mantra is "Ya' gotta do SOMEthing between now and when you die". 


We asked Mike why he likes to volunteer with us and this is what he had to say:


"I've been a member of Bipolar World for some 5 or 6 years, I guess.  I was very honored to be asked to moderate a couple of topics.  Having been diagnosed so long ago and having learned to deal with it, AND having a lot of time on my hands, I feel it's good to help out others who are new to this diagnosis and to help younger people who may not be as patient as I am with my problem - though I'm not always very patient. 

I like Bipolar World and thank goodness for all the wonderful people I've met here.  I truly consider you friends and it's great to have such unconditional approval from everyone.  I look forward to continued membership and fraternal companionship.  Thanks for the kind award and thanks for being here."


We hope you'll stop in today and meet Mike in the
"When It's Not Just Bipolar" forum where he knows no stranger.  It's truly his second nature to extend himself to those who need a friendly, supportive hand to help them along the way.  Mike, we feel very fortunate and honored you are volunteering your services with us at Bipolar World.  Lots of hugs from us all.  


Special Thanks from Allie and David



Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Owners:  Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)

Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff)
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan
Email Us at Bipolar World

About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links    Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents  Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?