Oh boy, if bipolar people aren't allowed to become nurses, then what am I doing with a license??
It's like any other disease: as long as it's controlled, it shouldn't even be an issue. Bipolar people aren't all raving lunatics, not even when they're in the middle of a manic episode (I tend toward the occasional hypomanic phase......the only time I even know I'm in
one is when I notice that I'm suddenly having a lot of really super great days in a row, I talk more and faster, and I get by on less sleep and less food than usual). We work, we go to school, we vote, we raise families, and so forth........we just have to work a little harder than most folks at maintaining an even keel emotionally. That's where meds help a lot, and when we take them faithfully, we're pretty much like everyone else.