Hi all! I was just diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder recently and would sooooo appreciate any ideas, advice or comments on the subject! I know there are others here who have it so please feel free to share with me. I mostly only know what my shrink has told me or what little I have read off the internet. I feel a little sad and depressed by the whole concept really, so I am avoiding doing too much research right now! My mom JUST told me that she thinks my dad had it along with his alcoholism. He died at the age of 43 mostly I think from masking the bipolar by drinking! Anyhow, I am not one to post much but feel the need to reach out as I know this can be a very serious mental condition. Thankfully, the meds my dr. put me on are finally starting to work after 10 days! I am now off of work on an extended sick leave and not sure if I will even be able to return. I work as a Clinical Aide at an Elementary School and take care of kiddos all day as well as computer work, paperwork and help in the office. My job requires everything I've got as I have also been sick with fibro, CFS, Panic Disorder, IBS and now the Bipolar dx. I am feeling scared and unsure of what to expect now and in the years to come. So please, I need some help and am on the msg. board on and off almost every day now! I have been trying to help others here mostly because I am a very nurturing person but am now feeling the need for help myself! A very kind person on the msg. board suggested I post this thread and I took her advice. Faith, Peace and Comfort to all, Julie (Earthdog) PS. My dr. told me that the biplolar was probably masked by the fibro and CFS and took for me to have a "breakdown to get the dx!