Good Dreams is pleased to introduce the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, a new partner in our voters coalition and most recent addition to the Good Dreams Team. Passionate caring people like the ones you are about to meet, help to paint the picture of what we are about.
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) improves the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions. For more information about their mission, visit bpkids.org.
Here are some comments from parents who have been helped by CABF:
The emotional support that I have felt from my CABF friends over the years has helped to validate my feelings, when some of my siblings could not understand this illness and I felt alone. As a mother and wife to family members who struggle with the daily challenges that a bipolar diagnosis brings, I continue to receive constant encouragement and innovative ideas from others at CABF. I’m deeply appreciative to be a member of such a caring and supportive organization!
I found out about CABF two years ago and I honestly don’t know how I managed for six very difficult years before that without the wonderful advice and support I receive from the teen/young adult transition support group. I was so overwhelmed on a daily basis with handling a teenage son with bipolar, ADD, anxiety, and OCD, I was barely coping with daily life and keeping our family (including a younger teenage son) together. The support group has been a lifeline to me, and I can’t wait to check in on all my list-mates on an almost-daily basis. I consider them very close friends, even though I have only met one of them in person.
The insightful advice, non-judgmental support, and information on various resources and medications I have gotten from this group has been better than anything we’ve received during years of therapy, because it comes from people who “get it,” and who have been there and done that and learned the hard way what works. Having empathetic mothers (and the occasional dad) always available and willing to be a shoulder to lean on has made me feel so much less alone — and less like a “bad” parent — than I ever did before.
I wish I had looked into CABF many years ago, when we first started our journey with a bipolar diagnosis. I think it would have saved us all a lot of misery, and I would have known a lot better how to handle my son earlier on.
I found CABF over a year ago. Prior to finding this group, there was no support for me or my family. More questions than answers. Then I found CABF, where the group is warm, caring and always rallies to help with the latest question or concern for my son. I can honestly say, without CABF support, I would still be running in circles.
After four years of struggling with my daughter’s behavior, having reached out to everyone I knew to reach out to, my counselor began thinking my daughter might be bipolar and recommended the CABF site to me. I have learned so much from the site and the members of my on-line support group. When days and/or nights were darkest, I could turn to my on-line support group at any hour, who always knew what I was going through, were there for me every time with wise words to help guide me. In just a little over a year, our lives have been turned around for the better and I could not have done it without CABF and their members. No one else gave me the guidance I found here. What I learned here I shared with doctors to help get my daughter stable. I would have thought the doctors would know the information, but I found it to be not so. I will forever be greatful the those who make the CABF site happen and the many families who put their own troubles aside to help struggling families
Thank you and God bless you!
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Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
820 Davis Street, Suite 520
Evanston, IL 60201
www.bpkids.org Fax: 262-512-2792