Hi, Jaxamillion, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
I'd like to add that the information given to you regarding what bipolar illness is isn't at all an accurate or correct view of the totality of the illness and the fact that people do have periods of remission in this illness and some may have quite different conditions than those given to you on the post by one of the newest people to join the forum.
For your encouragement and understanding of bipolar illness, I recommend that you read "Manic-Depressive Illness" by Dr.Frederick K. Goodwin and Dr. Kay Jamison Redfield. It is a thorough analysis and realistic understanding of the illness. The book has "great ardor and compassion" with respect for people who suffer the illness.
So much positive information is contained in it that you will feel much relieved about
your new diagnosis and how well you may thrive in life with appropriate medications and what to watch for in terms of life stresses.
We have all been warned not to believe everything that is printed on these forums. So much more positive and helpful information that leads to your relief and understanding of a very complex illness is there for you to absorb. One interesting point is that there is frequently a significant giftedness in bipolar illness, and giftedness alone often carries its own set of sensitivities. Please do your own research for the right answers to your diagnosis. And
even better for a quicker understanding of it correctly, consult with the appropriate psychiatrist for you.
With best wishes for a positive turn of events for you.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 9/21/2011 3:45:39 PM (GMT-6)