From what I understand, bipolar type two is easier to live with than type one. For that I'm thankful. The diagnosis of bipolar is a tough one. I mean, look at me - I'm a student, mom, wife, choir member, performer. I can't be mentally ill. Am I mentally ill? What is mental illness anyway? I'm not ready to throw in the towel. The ill part I can see somewhat. Physically, I tire easily and, honestly, I don't feel that good. But I'm not some weirdo. And that's just it. People who have mental illness aren't weirdos. They are just like everyone else. What I mean is that everyone has something that he or she deals with on a daily basis. For me, it's bipolar and autism. (My kids and spouse are on the autistic spectrum.) If I can deal with those things, I can do anything. The trick is, I think anyway, to deal with them one day at a time. Sometimes a whole day is too overwhelming and so it's an hour at a time. That's okay. It's not like I'm hiding my head in the sand. I'm dealing with my "stuff."
I don't know if that's useful to anyone but I hope it is.
Please feel free to comment and I will be happy to talk to anyone going through this.
I'm no expert but I am a sympathetic listener.