Wonderful article Leah. I once wrote one on being voluntarily admitted to a psych hospital. I don't think it is up anymore, however.
I have Bipolar type 4 - which means I don't get the really mainc highs, but I do get the crushing lows. My medicines have helped a lot.
Debbie, I understand what you are saying about not being able to bounce back as quickly. It is like you have a piece of tar on your shoe trying to suck you back in.