Thank you for starting this group, love your post, very empowering.
Just went thru a manic phase, created some chaos, it is so good to remember it is a chemical imbalance. I tend to beat up on myself, and can be my harshest critic. I do things I would NEVER do when I am balanced.
It is great to find a group where others are going thru the same struggles, and trying to live with it, and rather than fearing it, accepting it and learning how to best cope.