I'm sure you can learn a lot from reading about other people's life's experiences with bipolar on this forum. Feel free to share your knowledge of bipolar disorder with us, and we can all learn from each other.
My situation is that I am bipolar and OCD, and I engage in risky behavior when I am manic (up and on a high) and then, I revert to a depressed state. My medications help me some, but I still don't have full control over the illegal behavior, which scares me to death. I have a good counsellor, who is helping me with cognitive behavior therapy, and keeping me from putting myself in a setting in which I would engage in the risky behavior.