Unfortunately however, many of the online chat rooms that promote themselves to bipolar people have other agendas – for example lots of advertising and selling, or adult chat that fuels bipolar symptoms, leading to bipolar mania or even infidelity.
The chat rooms suggested here are online chat rooms I personally prefer because they are genuinely run for the benefit of the bipolar community, and do not encourage adult chat.
Yes, it provides some great support, but it has many other features that make a appealing for a wide range of folks, especially young people. The mix of chat and education and support resources makes this a great choice for the recently diagnosed.However, it would be irresponsible not to point out some of the possible drawbacks.(This may just be projection – my own bipolar train wreck started when I became addicted to adult chat – you can read about it in About Me!) Be aware of how vulnerable we are to any activities that have a compulsive edge and PLEASE – while it is sensible to reach out through chat for connection and support – DO NOT do anything that is counter-productive or even self-destructive. The Internet can provide a fantastic amount of information and support.
Cybersex arising from adult chat may be a risk because of bipolar hypersexuality during manic phases. I strongly believe the bipolar chat rooms I have listed are generally safe and worthwhile spaces.
How serious or how harmful it is varies a lot according to a person’s individual circumstances. There is a huge difference between these respectable online chat rooms, and the adult chat, cybersex sites I was addicted to.