Bipolar and Anxiety Support Group Participant
When I first started attending the bipolar and anxiety support groups at the Association, I didn’t think they were that big of a deal and I wasn’t even sure about attending. With time, though, I have come to appreciate and value their part in my personal journey to wellness.
While attending these groups, I have come to realize that I am not alone in my fight with mental illness. There are people out there just like me dealing with the same situations that I am struggling with. Through these groups, I learn how to cope with the ups and downs and the side effects of medications. I’ve also received some really good advice on dealing with medical personnel.
In these groups, you meet people from all walks of life. I’ve met people with the same disorders as myself; some even on the same medications. I’ve met people from both ends of the mental health spectrum, and some amazing caregivers. Thanks to these meetings, and the people I meet through them, I feel more hopeful for my future and less alone in the world.
Recently, I decided to go back to college and received a forklift certification, whereas when I first started attending I would only leave the house for the most vital things. It has gotten me reconnected to the world and given me the confidence to get my life back on track.
This Association has helped me start the conversation about mental illness with so many people outside these groups. Before the support groups, I was embarrassed and even ashamed to admit that I have a mental illness. The group meetings are a safe place for anyone to get help and advice.
I only wish I had gotten involved earlier.
I encourage you to come to the next bipolar or anxiety group.
Here are the details!
Bipolar Management Support Group:
This group provides mutual support and assists with coping skills for people struggling with this disorder. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm. at the Association’s Tulsa office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.
Anxiety Managment Support Group:
Discuss the sometimes overwhelming thoughts and fears that are a part of anxiety disorders, and share and develop coping skills. In Oklahoma City, meetings are on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190. In Tulsa, meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.