So for the time being, people who are suffering from bipolar manic depression are asked to take some medication, usually in the form of anti-depressants. These medicines are meant to cushion the effects of extreme depression whenever they strike. In most places, anti-depressants are highly regulated medicines. There is a grave danger of abuse here. People may use them without proper prescription otherwise, and they'd just get dependent on the same. Anti-depressants are reserved only for extreme cases, such as the depression felt by bipolar disorder patients.
On a lighter note, people who are suffering from bipolar disorder are in good company. The likes of famous celebrities such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ben Stiller, Carrie Fisher, Linda Hamilton, Axl Rose and Sting are known bipolar disorder patients. Aside from the disorder, they're perfectly healthy, which should tell us that the condition, though will provide some rough times ahead, will not really hurt us. Its perils lie on what we do with ourselves in the midst of manic episodes.
Please speak to your medical professional for more information.