I so agree with what you wrote. This is a major, life-altering disease that must be battled every day. My husband nevers misses his meds, doesn't drink, eats right, exercises, etc. His doctor just hasn't found the right combination. He has been undergoing treatment for about 16 months.
True mania is unmistakable, at least for him. He becomes impatient, rude, demanding, and it rapidly goes downhilll from there. He has just gone through a horrible two weeks of instability. I cannot be around him when he is manic because I fear for my life. The more strongly manic he becomes, the worse the depression that immediately follows. He cycles rapidly.
This disease should never be joked about. It is as if my husband has "brain decay" and the logical thoughts disappear. I still believe that there is a combination of meds that will work for him. I sure hope that I'm right.