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About Bipolar Village

Bipolar Village


Hello, everyone, and welcome to Bipolar Village. Bipolar Village is a blog and community for those with bipolar disorder and their supporters to share ideas, information, artwork and friendship. It is the descendent of a website called Bipolar Today, originally a news site.

What is Bipolar Village About?

Bipolar Village is designed to be an online community of people with bipolar disorder and their supporters. It is a place for us to come together, to blog, to share stories and artwork. It’s currently structured like a blog, with submissions and vibrant discussion sections. There is also a Facebook page attached to it, which you can find here, where the latest posts are also discussed and shared.

About the Webmaster

Daniel Bader, Ph.D.

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I am Daniel Bader, and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1997, back when it was still called “manic depression”. Since then, I’ve had many of the same questions that other people with bipolar disorder have had. What is this condition? What does it mean for my life? Can I be bipolar and still be happy?

On top of these questions, I’ve had many of the same difficulties that people with bipolar disorder have had: poor judgement when it comes to relationships, difficulty with friendships and trouble at work and school. I’ve learned a lot from my experiences, positive and negative. I started this site in order to create a safe place where we could share our questions and our experiences.

Since then, I went back to school to become a registered social worker, with the goal of using my peer expertise as a part of a psychotherapy practice. I’m now running my own private practice in Kitchener, Ontario, called “Bader Mediation & Counselling Services”.

The Structure of Bipolar Village

Bipolar Village has four different sections:

Information Pages: These pages are designed to provide an introduction and overview for those learning about bipolar disorder, as well as a discussion of some of the current issues. They can be found

The Blog: This is where you will find articles by Daniel, by other columnists like Michael Ligtenberg, and other guests, all talking about their own experiences. Members can submit their own material to share with the community.

The Gallery: Many people with bipolar disorder are blessed with creative talent, and we have an entire section dedicated to their work. We currently focus on visual art and poetry, but don’t let the categories there fool you: we’re interested in anything creative you might do! Submission information is available at the gallery.

The Facebook Page: Bipolar Village is fully integrated with its Facebook page. On the page, we have the opportunity to chat in nearly real time, share materials from the village, and just get to know one another better.

Thank you for visiting Bipolar Village. I hope you enjoy your stay and that you will come back again.

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Counselling from Daniel
Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC
Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC is a Registered Social Worker and Canadian Certified Counsellor with a private practice operating out of Kitchener, Ontario. He provides in-person counselling in Kitchener and email, video or telephone counselling within Canada.

To find out more, please visit the website for his private practice, Bader Mediation & Counselling Services.