I've known two people in my life so far to have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. I have watched them both struggle with all aspects of life for a time, then be total rock stars in life for a time, and the cycle always repeats. They push people away, they hide from society, they self medicate, they suffer greatly...or so I imagine. A good friend is currently battling with this, and is inpatient treatment. Her family is at home, hoping the amazing person they know will come back to them in 30 days time, and stick around. I hope so too. I feel helpless to do anything for her from so far away, but I am sending out positive, healing energy towards her and the family.