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Why we’ve never founded a social network

Feb 26, 2009 | content | 0 comments

I’ve been asked a couple of times lately why bi-polarbears has never founded any form of ‘social network’ for bi-polars.

The long and short answer is that to run a community ‘like that’, beyond the forum, would need resources that I’d hate to even consider – resources such as a psych council on hand to deal with any crises.

And to be completely honest, I believe that we shouldn’t ‘segment’ ourselves away from society – and to build a community designed solely for ‘us’ would once again add to the stigmata surrounding bipolar disorder.

And that’s the short answer.  The longer answer is – I don’t segment my own life, and would never expect others to do the same – where we gain support is where we’re all united, and in a community of like minded individuals, we’re not completely at one with our wider community.  I believe that we pull strength from those that cope ‘differently’ to us and those others are role models in some ways to more accurate and authentic behaviours.

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