Treatment for bipolar disorder primarily consists of medication and therapy.  Through therapy, you can discuss the issues surrounding the disorder, and any other bipolar problems you may have.  However, you should not ignore what is right in front of your face, as some people do.  Some people walk around problems in their family (or their own problems).  They act as if there aren't even any problems at all, hoping the problems will go away, or miraculously solve themselves.  They won't talk about them, among themselves or with other extended members of the family."What if the neighbors heard about it?" they would whisper, "Why that would be disastrous!"  That's why nobody will talk about their problems, even if they're right in front of their faces, and there's an old expression for it – "Ignoring the elephant in the living room."Some people do that with bipolar disorder.  They ignore the "bipolar elephant" in the living room – they ignore bipolar problems.  The first bipolar problem they ignore is the very fact that they even have bipolar disorder.  It's called denial.First, you deny that there's even anything wrong with you.  "I can't have bipolar disorder," you exclaim.  "I feel fine!"  Yet without acceptance of the disorder, there can be no management of it.  You must first break through your denial – you cannot ignore your bipolar problems. I can't tell you whether to tell other people (family, extended family, or people outside your family) whether you or your loved one has bipolar disorder.  That's your decision. The important thing is that YOU accept the disorder.In order to get rid of your bipolar problems, you must confront them.  After accepting that you have bipolar disorder, you can begin to manage it; take back your control.  The first thing you need to know is:YOU ARE NOT YOUR DISORDER!  You have your own identity outside your bipolar disorder.  Bipolar disorder is something you have, NOT something you are.  Remember that, as it is very important.After you confront the "bipolar elephant," don't just let it stay dormant in your living room.  In other words, don't just let your diagnosis sit there without doing anything about it.  Learn all you can about bipolar disorder (whether you are the one who has it, or are supporting someone who does). There are things you can do to fight your bipolar problem.  Although there is no cure at this time, you can learn to manage it through treatment (medication and therapy) and a good support system.  One of the best things you can do, however, is to confront your bipolar problem head-on.  Don't ignore it as if it weren't there.  Be strong enough to manage and overcome your bipolar problems one at a time.