Ahh! You're finally feeling good! You suffer with bipolar disorder and think that feeling good sometimes is viewed like an extravagance. Unfortunately, though, you recognize those little telltale signs that a bipolar disorder related manic episode is approaching.

This is when you ask yourself, 'Do I really need to control this manic episode? Can I just ignore, this once, that I have bipolar disorder and then actually enjoy feeling high?'

Many individuals suffering with bipolar disorder may feel seduced into thinking that they don't really need their medicine for bipolar disorder during this time. That's exactly why it's important to have a bipolar disorder support team in place to help you get through this. You just might need the help of your family and friends to help you stick to your bipolar disorder treatment plan. Oh! How easy it would be to just ignore it right now!

Realistically, though, early treatment of a bipolar disorder related manic episode allows you to manage your illness. It puts you squarely in control of the bipolar disorder. This not only goes a long way to your self confidence, but it also means you'll encounter far less disturbances in your life as well.

By managing that seductive manic high of your bipolar disorder, you are avoiding potentially impulsive and very often destructive manic behaviors. This, in turn, helps you have less long-term repercussions due to your bipolar disorder.

Some behaviors associated with a manic episode of bipolar disorder can, indeed, have serious consequences for you as well as those around you. Uncontrolled manic episodes of bipolar disorder can lead to minor, frustrating annoyances like spending too much money to driving recklessly and causing a terrible accident. It's best not to ignore the early warning signs of your manic episode. Taking the medication for your bipolar disorder as prescribed by your doctor is your best route to staying healthy - every day!

Almost 6 million adult Americans suffer with bipolar disorder. This mental health concern is characterized by the sometimes rapid mood swings from a very low emotional feeling of depression - for some so severe that suicide is considered - to the complete other extreme of a euphoric mania.

There is currently no cure for bipolar disorder - which used to be called manic depression - but it can be controlled with a combination of prescription medications and cognitive behavior therapy.