I was diagnosed in 1997 and after two hospital trips of about two weeks each I have been on meds. I am mostly stable....considering the other stories i've heard. I am married (nearly 13 years) and have two sons. I sometimes fight very very hard to keep my irrational behavior away from the family, but it does leave me needing support somewhere else. Most don't understand and i have always been a reclusive person-----any thoughts about bipolar and what works for you. Almost everything i see published stresses "daily structure". getting up early is one I'm still working on. Blessings!