Hi SCRN, First let me welcome you to healing well forum. We are glad to have you.
Second, the hardest thing can be for a caregiver like yourself to get help and deal with a diagnosis. I know this firsthand. I worked in the mental health field for yrs. I have Major Depression, MS, Multiple System Atrophy (dx'ed last week). I have been seeing a counselor and psychiatrist since August and it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I find myself being concerned about what they are writing in my chart as I know it will follow me everywhere for the rest of my life. At first I was very guarded in what I would say to them in fear of this. But I have to get over it and help myself with the depression and terrible feelings that I have everyday.
I don't have BP but felt compelled to answer your post. Someone close to me does have bipolar and has been stable on medication for over 2 years now. It is possible. You being a nurse probably already know this. It sounds like you have a great support system with your husband. Good luck with your new job. Please keep us informed of how you are doing.