Bipolar Chat: Is It For Me?

Updated October 3, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

For many, having bipolar disorder can make you feel like no one understands what you are experiencing. Seeking support from others can be vital to the management of your life with bipolar disorder. It is helpful if you have a safe space to share your journey to better mental health and also be a support for someone else. A bipolar chat room is one place to find such support and outlet, but it might be a bit intimidating to make the first contact. Here are some of the advantages of participating in a bipolar chat room. 

Chat On Your Time Schedule

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There will typically be someone in the bipolar support chat to talk to you at any time of the day. So, when you're feeling overwhelmed or depressed, there will be someone available. You can chat whenever it fits into your daily schedule, no matter what shift you work or when you need the most support.

This is very convenient as you never really know when you are going to have a tough time. Making use of bipolar chat during difficult days and situations will be very useful. If you are feeling alone and very down, then taking the time to reach out to someone in the bipolar chat is going to be helpful. It can allow you to feel safer about your situation and knowing that it is available at all times will help to put you at ease.

Being able to chat with others on your schedule should work out nicely. Even if you work a job that has you keeping irregular hours, you will still be able to make effective use of the chat room. Other people are working the same shift as you that are going through similar circumstances. 

You Choose Whether To Participate In Every Discussion

You don't have to stay for the chat if you find it to be hard to relate to or distressing. Not every topic of conversation is going to relate to what you are going through, and you can always leave at any time. Also, you don't have to keep chatting if you would rather be quiet and observe the conversations. You can leave the chat at any time. On the other hand, if you want to keep chatting for hours, you can stay in the room as long as you like.

You may feel like opening up to the bipolar chat room more over time. Being a bit nervous going into the situation is perfectly normal. Sometimes people feel shy interacting in this way at first, but it becomes very natural once you get to talking to others who can relate to what you are going through. Just knowing that there are others out there discussing the same types of problems that you struggle with daily can be a real comfort.

You Can Be Honest

Because you are anonymous, you can say what's on your mind without making yourself feel vulnerable. You can be your most genuine self and not feel like you have to hide your condition through excuses or avoidance. You can be as open as you want to be about your mental and emotional needs. You'll also have a chance to talk about challenges you may be faced with and those you have overcome. The people in the bipolar support chat will understand what you've been up against and will provide support as needed.

One of the best aspects of this type of chat experience is that you don't feel pressured. Normal group therapy methods may be too personal or embarrassing for some people to fully commit to. No one can see you in this chat room and you do not have to be nervous about people judging you for certain things. The ability to be honest in a chat room like this can be very liberating and can help you to work towards healing.

It is difficult to make progress in dealing with your bipolar disorder when you cannot be honest with those around you. Honesty inside the chat room environment can be a great starting point. It can also help you to recognize certain things that are going on in your life. This will prove to be a very beneficial experience if you choose to make use of it and commit to the process.

Of course, sometimes it just feels nice to have others to talk to. If you want to join the chat just because you are feeling a bit lonely and isolated, then that is just fine. Many people have felt the same way or are going through those same struggles now. Bipolar chat is something that has the potential to make you feel safer and it will be very simple to give it a try if you feel so inclined.

Helping Others

Helping others is another benefit of getting involved in bipolar chat. If you start to make progress in your life and feel like you are getting things under control, then you could be a source of strength for others. Being able to help people out and let them know that they aren't alone will make you feel good inside. If you want to become a part of a community that seeks to give those who are experiencing bipolar disorder strength, then you will enjoy being a part of the bipolar chat room.

The struggles that you have experienced in life and all of the pain can serve as inspiration for others if you choose to share your story. It takes bravery to face this type of disorder head-on and it is good to know that there are people who can understand how tough things are. Even if you are the one who is getting the help at first, you just might wind up turning into a helper at a later date.

What To Do When Bipolar Chat Rooms Aren't Enough

Chat rooms can be helpful to many people, but they don't always give you the focused attention you can get from a licensed therapist. Having someone outside the chat can help you to get perspective on what the others are saying and help you process it as it relates to you. Chat is a great supplement to one-on-one counseling. You can also learn more about managing your disorder when you talk to someone who has received extensive training on bipolar disorder and other mental health illnesses. With a counselor, you'll find a listening ear, but you'll also find a level of objectivity and guidance to balance the informal support you will find in a chat room of like-minded people.

Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of online therapy when helping individuals deal with difficult symptoms related to bipolar disorder. In a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers examined the usefulness of online mindfulness-based treatment for bipolar disorder. Participants reported significant improvement in bipolar disorder symptoms after treatment. Researchers concluded that online treatment can be administered efficiently, noting that these platforms eliminate certain barriers to treatment, such as cost and trust in counselors. 

As mentioned above, if you’re dealing with symptoms of bipolar disorder, and they’re making certain parts of your life feel overwhelming, online therapy can help. With BetterHelp, you can participate in therapy from the comfort of your home. Without having to deal with traffic, sit in a waiting room, or skip lunch, you’ll be able to work with a qualified mental health professional. You don't have to feel like you are alone with these challenges. Read below for reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from those who have experienced similar issues.

Counselor Reviews

“I’m bipolar and I have a chronic illness, so I can be a lot. But she is so kind, patient, and caring. And she’s encouraged me to use the messenger part more (we do phone sessions; I’m an elder millennial lol), which has been surprisingly helpful. It’s like texting a friend when you’re in panic mode. Except you don’t have to worry about freaking out your friend or overwhelming them, and she replies so quickly. Not immediately, because people have lives. And always in a way that makes me feel validated and less alone with my problems. Honestly, just the fact that I took the time to write this says more about how much I appreciate all the support and work we’ve done together. Cause I always forget to do reviews, and I’ve got a lot going on. But talking to her makes things reasonable again. Not fixed, or gone. She reminds me of my skills and power and struggles I’ve gotten through, so I’m confident I’ll get through this difficult time too”

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“I am so happy Alicia and I were matched. She is warm and funny and intelligent. She established a nice rapport very quickly and I felt understood by her right from the beginning. I feel easy with her and feel she is my ally. A couple of months into counseling I feel we are on a good trajectory together. I struggle with bipolar disorder rapid cycling, and having a person like Alicia, there to listen to my week’s events and then go deeper into my “self”, is as important to my stability as the medication is. I am learning some new skills like DBT. Alicia is also quite insightful and has given me things to consider several times already, often having this knack of hitting the nail on the head. Alicia is easy to recommend.”

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Conclusion

If you have been dealing with bipolar disorder by yourself, then you may want to consider reaching out to a professional. It is a safe and effective way to help you manage your condition. An online counselor can be there for you whenever you are in need and it will always be convenient for you. You don't have to face the challenges of bipolar disorder alone ever again if you choose to reach out to others who care.

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