I've been here for many years and this is the best forum out there. We're a family here and it's very comforting.
Sounds like you really do know what you're dealng with, which is half the battle and we all need to pat ourselves on the back for it. All of us here give each other so much support and information and I think it's all key for us to survive. We make it a priority to learn what bipolar is and how we can deal.
We also have a great sense of humor around here, so join Bill (our moderator) in being one of the funny ones. In depressions, sure sometimes we don't find the humor, but other times it's helped us all.
I wish you the best with your courses. I work for three psychiatrists at a hospital so I have mental health care professionals all around me every day and I like it. I can relate of course; although the patients of course don't know that. So now that we know you're studying psychology, we'll bug you more than anyone LOL
Anyway, cheers for now...my work day is over.
Welcome again & hugs,