I love your screen name haha!
To answer your question, unfortunately for most it does. I was diagnosed type II at 25, but had all the symptoms in my early teens, but got a promotion to type I a couple of years ago. (I am 40). I am on Trileptal, Seroquel, welbutrin and Lamictal. Finally found the magic potion! Just make sure you are in frequent touch with your pdoc whenever you have a swing and don't let it go more than a week or less. I still have mood swings, mostly between mild-moderate high and mild-moderate low, in most every season except summer. It seems to stay consistent then. (I live for summer, go figure). But overall, it's MUCH milder than it used to be!