The information here is a form of psychoeducation, which is the vitally important process of getting the information you need to manage your bipolar disorder, or to understand and support your family member or loved one who has it. There are many excellent sources of information, and they don’t have to be dry. There are books, courses, web sites, and organizations that can provide current thinking about all aspects of bipolar disorder.
Psychoeducation is also frequently provided in group settings, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Some support groups like the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) also provide psychoeducation courses at no charge, both for people with mental illness and for their families and supports. Another great source of psychoeducation is through local affiliates of Mental Health America (formerly called the National Mental Health Association). Family psychoeducation has been shown to decrease relapse rates and promote recovery in people with mental illness.