Slinkeekat had it right-I am a diagnosed Bipolar II and my episodes get triggered by who knows what it will be but after seveeral years of meds and therapy I am now not on meds(which I do not advocate for everyone-personal decision)but I do use cognitive behavior therapy which I worked on with my psychitrist for severalyears.I am now a successful senior nursing student,work full-time with MR and MI patients in a mental health setting ( been there done that does inspire empathy) plus I am a full-time single parent and new grandmother.I tend to be a manic rather than depressive oriented patient so I touch bases with people who know me well and if I feel too grandiose they let me know and we remedy the situation(set schedule, healthy sleep patterns, NO alcohol and lots of physical exercise!!!) These are my methods and each of us has something that will work but the point is it CAN work and you can be very effective!!!! You sound as though you are on the way to understanding and appreciating yourself-bipolars are usually highly intelligent individuals so give yourself a star on the refrigerator!!! Go out and give to others what you have learned-we can all use the help!!! You've got my vote of confidence!!!