I have a very close friend who is bipolar, his showed up in his early 20's, he had a business of his own and did real well for himself. He also tried to self medicate himself with different drugs, alcohol
, you name it he tried it. The manic episodes were horrible. He finally was put in a center for 6 months until they could get him medicated properly. Today, he is on risperdal
, Lithium. Yes, he's not the same Zesty guy he used to be, but he's, at the least sane. He see's his dr.