Have lived with this disorder for 30 years. Lots of bad advice, toxic meds etc.
I lead a busy,somewhat rewarding life. After my doctor prescibed Zyprexa (currently huge class action suit) I knew he had finally thrown the perverbial kitchen sink and me, so I left the psychiatric community for good.Don't make the same mistake I did and become your label.
21st century, lots of options if you are not a harm to yourself or others
That was 10 years ago. My family doctor and I manage my disorder just fine. No hospitalizations.
Manage your sleep, exercise even if you hate it, experiment with foods that aggravate your mood and food that improve.