Welcome lilredhead. It's good to see that you feel somewhat under control and feel successful in life. Do you have any friends,confidants in your life that know your "secret"? In my life, everyone that is close to me knows of my struggles. I like it that way because I feel that there are more eyes on me, to help me see when I may be struggling and just want to hide.
I hope your med transition is good for you. I am on Risperdal and Zoloft and the combo works well for me.
Oh, I see. I am the same way. People that are just acquaintances have no idea about the BP...and probably would never guess. Over the years I have become quite the actress...to be seemingly terrific, even while in a deep depression.
You sound like you have a terrific support system, and that is important.