Every BP person should have this book on their bookshelf - it's comprehensive, factual and enlightening.
Thanks for the welcome Serafena - I've already noticed you are a hardworking and sympathetic moderator.
My brief history?......(Self) diagnosed 3 years ago when I was interstate and witnessed a BP person in severe depression. In order to understand more, I later purchased a BP book and when I started reading I realised.....OMYGOD! - this is me!!!! I ticked almost every box in the questionairre!
When I got home I ran straight to my mdoc, and then joined a waiting list for his pdoc. As things transpired, due to some business circumstances, I had a breakdown before I could see the pdoc and spent a month in a hospital psych ward.
I believe I am pro-active and over the last 3 years have looked for doctors I am calm and happy with. I've moved on with doctors quite few times (my family accused me of doctor shopping), but I am now very happy with my GP, Psychologist and Psychiatrist (two of them lecture at University). I also see a Dietician to counter the drug related weight gain problems.
I'm diagnosed BP II, but fortunate that my depression periods are mild. But my highs are high!
I've done some crazy things when I'm high - like lost fortunes twice - I spent 5 months in the middle of China once and married a local woman while I was there - I've inappropriately fathered a child while manic - I can go on and on.
I attend a BP social group, it's very worthwhile, because you know they understand, no explanations are necessary! - so I guess thats what I'm looking for in a forum. You can come and go as you like.