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Q1: "is a chance of complete recovery of my girl, or if it is a special approach from me to her to somehow soften the results of ups and mostly downs?" If your lady-friend has Bipolar Disorder (meaning if she was correctly diagnosed as Bipolar) then she is likely to have Bipolar Disorder for the rest of her life. Most licensed mental health professionals (LMHP) view Bipolar as a chronic condition that is managed rather than cured. It is a brain-based disorder that manifests itself in neurologic, psychiatric, behavioral, and social symptoms.
Q2: "Is there any treatment without drugs?" Yes. There are treatments available that can help ameliorate the symptoms of Bipolar disorder - meaning to help manage those ups & downs and to help with communication among family members. It is important to note that this treatment is used to manage the symptoms of the disorder, not to cure the disease.
You raise a number of important questions about your new significant other. Many of these questions can be discussed with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP), including the folks who work directly work with her. (It would be difficult, if not impossible, to address all of your questions through this limited medium.) I might also suggest that you consider:
David Milkowitz "The Bipolar Disorder Survivor Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know"
Julie Fast & John Preston "Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder"
While I have not personally read these books, they have come highly recommended by families coping with Bipolar Disorder.
It is important for you to realize that there are many people who manage their Bipolar Disorder very well - and lead happy, productive lives - complete with families. There can be struggles, certainly, but the best medicine for you (and your new mate) is to get as much information as you can about Bipolar Disorder, to follow recommended treatment protocols to treat the disorder, and to establish good healthy patterns of communication within your family unit.
I hope you found this helpful.
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