I joined a Bipolar meeting that meets for about 2 hours each week. We try to access our condition via 1 to 10 scale. Like one (1) being lower than whale crap and ten (10) being flying so high we will soon crash land, with five ( 5) being the desire level. We all take mood stabilizers hoping to keep us in the 3.5 to 6.5 range. Outside that range we suggest the person seek counseling or check with the med doc. Because I like being in the 7 or 8 range does not mean my mental health is where it should be. I consider my mental health to be like an automobile that needs checking very often by someone independent of my crazy brain.
The other bipolar people see me from a prospective of their own suffering. They see my speech, my body action, my attitude. Their loving kindness can guide me to get the help I need. Then I do not depend on a diseased brain to guide me through periods of near insanity.