My name is Don.  From the outside I may look like your typical 41 year old white middle class male, but what goes on inside is far from typical.  After years of not knowing what was wrong with me I was diagnosed in 2006 with Bipolar Type II mental illness.  I won't say that things have gotten easier since my diagnosis.  Sure I'm heavily medicated and I see both a therapist and a shrink on a regular basis, but as good as the meds are they don't stop my brain from working and they sure as hell don't make my illness go away.