Welcome to the board. I hope you find some companionship and support here, we all have. Bipolar is hard enough without having to go it alone. I think a lot of us try to "deal with it" on our own at some point and find it's a lot harder than it seems like it should be, but you were wise and got help eventually. I hope the meds continue to help.
So, welcome to the board, browse through some past posts, ask questions if you have any, and we're glad you're here.
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare