Community Defined

Although there is no universally accepted definition of "community" Alexis de Tocqueville, a French count who visited the United States in 1831 summed it up thus

A Community is a group of people who:
1.  made a decision that they had the power to decide what was a problem  
2.  made a decision they had the power to decide how to solve the problem
3.  made a decision they would be key players in the implementing of the best   solution to the problem.

  By Definition it is my belief that we at Bipolar World are a Community

Everyone is welcome!

Many individuals who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder have no one to turn to, to discuss their feelings about the illness.  Many have questions that they feel are "silly" and they don't want to bother their psychiatrist with.  The internet has proven to be a wonderful resource for meeting with others with the same diagnosis.  It is true that nobody who has not "walked at least a mile in our moccasins" can truly understand how we feel.

Because of the importance of support Bipolar World offers various support areas.  Please feel free to participate in as many as you wish.  In all areas you will find warmth, friendship and empathy,  and people who share your diagnosis.  We recognize that it is difficult to be "new" to any group and will do our best to welcome you and make you a part of our community.

Note:  Chat Rooms are open 24 hours a day for your use.  Please feel free to contact a friend and meet there for a chat at any time.  Scheduled chats for the rooms that are "as advised" will be announced by the chat moderator in the forum for that topic so watch for them.

The forums are open 24 hours a day. Use them freely!

Name & Description




Moderated Chat Hours
All Times EST
Bipolar World 
for individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
Click Here Click Here Every Night 
8pm-11 pm
Dual Diagnosis
for those diagnosed both with bipolar disorder and substance abuse
Click Here Click Here as advised
for veterans with Bipolar Disorder and P.T.S.D.
Click Here Click Here as advised
Bipolar Teens
teens with Bipolar Disorder
discuss their unique problems
Click Here
Parents of Bipolar Children
meet here for support in coping
with the challenges!!
Click Here Click Here as advised
Significant Others
support for spouses and loved
ones of Bipolar individuals
Click Here Click Here as advised
friendship and support for individuals diagnosed with PTSD
Click Here Use Bipolar Chat  hours listed above

for individuals diagnosed with Bipolar
Disorder and who self-injure

Click Here

Click Here

as advised


Mailing List:  Join our mailing list for online support through email.  Receive email individually in your mail box, a daily digest or read and respond online.  Another warm and caring place to share and make new friends.

Subscribe to Bipolar_World


Bipolar World is a privately owned site(s) and is operated strictly by volunteers, which includes the owner and partners. We strive to offer concise and verifiable information about Bipolar Disorder, but we are not professionals. Do not use the information in this web site in any way to replace the advice of the doctor or professional who is caring for you. Always talk to your doctor before changing medications or dosage, or if you experience any serious side effects or questions regarding your health. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself based on the information presented, or attempt to treat yourself.

All interactive areas within the Bipolar World websites operate on a peer to peer basis. The site owner, partners, chat operators and supervisors, forum moderators and supervivors, and email group moderators and supervisors are all volunteers. None have special training in their area, other than their own personal experience with the illness (and this can vary from one person with bipolar disorder to another), personal education, and empathy for others.

Bipolar World accepts no resposibility for information posted in our chat room, forums, or email list. The opinions expressed in articles within our site are those of the writers, and may not reflect the opinion of Bipolar World. We are not responsible for the content within websites that are linked to or from Bipolar World. We retain the right to reject materials that we feel are inappropriate, or to ban individuals whose behavior is likewise inappropriate within the interactive areas.

All individuals with Bipolar Disorder are welcome within our community at their own discretion and at their own risk. Upon entrance to Bipolar World, and upon use of any of its information and/or interactive areas, you agree to release and hold harmless Bipolar World, it's owner, partners, and all of its volunteer representitives from any and all damages and liabilities that may arise from your participation at our online support sites located at and

Classifieds:  Place an ad to find an email-pal, or check out the ads!  Place an ad here if you have something to sell.

Support Guidelines:  Guidelines to be used for all the support pages at Bipolar World

Support Guidelines for Message Forums: Specific Guidelines for the Message Forums


Bipolar World   © 1998 - 2015
Owners:  Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)

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

About Us   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?