I know a number of people with bi-polar disorder. I find them very difficult to get along with. Mind you, all these people engage in self medication (drinking or pot), some play with their medications and all of them spend long periods of time neither sleeping or eating.
They all seem to have enormous ego problems though many of them are very intelligent and aware.
I would like to understand these people better. I have never been manic (and it seems quite painful). I have been depressed but that doesn't seem to help me relate to people with this 'disease'.
I find the medical systems understanding of 'mental illness' meaningless in terms of human experience.
Any help would be appreciated.