Oh, I just want to hug you! My sister has bipolar disorder--she was diagnosed in 2005, I think, but it took years to get the right verdict and more years to get the right medication regimen. It's a pretty brave thing to tell other people, and I applaud that. You can do this!!(And if you ever want to talk to my sister and see how she deals with all the brain crap, just let me know and I'll put you two in touch.)
Thanks, Heidi. I feel like we'll never dispel this weird fear culture that surrounds mental illness if we all keep pretending it doesn't exist. I'm lucky enough to be in a place where I can talk about it, so I'm going to do what I can to help people who aren't.