there are about as many variations on bp symptoms as there are people with bp. the articles and books generalize these symptoms into a homogenious picture so that people will have something to look for. i went through the same searching game that you are going through and wasn't convinced of anything! all that i knew was that something was wrong with me.
your case is complicated by the fact that you are into puberty, where your body chemistry swings faster than an airplane propeller and your hormones are raging. i'm a guy, so i can only have nightmares about what it must be like.
the only sure way of finding out if you ae bp or not is to see a psychiatrist, preferably one who has as much experience as possible with bp. it usually takes several sessions before the pdoc can give a diagnosis because for most people with bp the depressive cycle is the most dominent and the pdoc has to see both the manic and depressive cycle to make a clear diagnosis.
as far as curent sceince goes, it is beleived that bp is caused by an imballance of chemicals inthe brain, therefore it is technically a physical ailment rather than a mental; illness. not that this nicety really matters when you're suffering the effects of the illness.
see if your parents will get you to a psychiatrist to get a diagnosis treatment is fairly straightforward for most people. you ae prescribed mood stableizers and other drugs as appropriate. i have chronic depression as part of my bp, so i take an anti-depressent in addition to a mood stabelizer. it may take a while for the pdoc to find the right "cocktail" for you. each person is different and reacts to the drugs uniquely.
it may also take a while for the drugs to start having an effect. i ws lucky. the mood stabelizer showed an effect in less than 24 hours and te anti-depressent showed an effect within 36 hours. this responce to the drugs is uncommon. i wrote it here to illustrate the differences in how each individual handles eh drugs. oh, yes. your "cocktail" will have to be "tweaked" periodically do to drug saturationin your sysem, changes in your body chemistry, changes in your environment, etc.
hope this helps. the best of luck to you. glad you found your way here. i look forward to talking to you again.
Hello Claire ,
Welcome to Healing Well
Warren has sound advise there - you can't compare yourself to a generalisation , we are individuals , unique.