The basics of bipolar disorder. Of course it is far more complicated than this list, but it is a start. It is widely known in the mental health industry that bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult diagnoses to make. People suffer for years before they get the true diagnosis, others can’t suffer anymore and end their pain. Once most are diagnosed it takes months, sometimes years as in my case, to find the right doctor and get on the right combination of medicines, IF YOU NEED THEM. It is a very frustrating and elusive creature that is hard to be tamed.