I watched my Grandmother go thru this in the sixty's and without med's they handled it with to be percise 47 electric shock treatments and several visits to the state mental hospitals. As most people know those weren't change to human places till the mid 70's. They would keep her tied down to her bed pretty much 24/7. Try a few more shock treatments and eventually she would come home not quite the same grandmother her lived with us, it would have been impossible for her to live on her own. I was about 8, so I can't remember how many trips she made to Western State Hospital, but I can always remember when they came and got her.
The terrible thing is I have bi-polar also as well as my seventeen year old son. It been a long road since he was diagnosed in about the fifth grade, it was a little eassier to diagnose him because of myself and his great grandmother. I have two other children both grown and I have been married to their Dad for 29 yrs. The older my youngest son gets the worse it gets living in my house. He too doesn't believe in medication, and I bet we spend 5 nights a week, 2-3 hrs a night with him screaming at me about how I don't understand him, don't respect him, don't love him,... how he would be better off if he just committed suicide, he's worthless, he's know good at anything, he doesn't ..... fortunately I learned early on not to ever raise my voice to him, it just sets him off in an never ending rage, so I sit, I listen, I try to build on his achievements, or I just sit quietly night after night, my husband is on the road all week. With both of of us being bi-polar I'm not sure if were both going to make it till he is eighteen next April.
So in the long run maybe good old fashion shock therpy would be better than med's cause I remember my Grandmother being kinda cantatonic for several months. I can endure his treatment of me as long as I know he is safe, but honestly after all these years I just wanted to run my car off the road and make it look like an accident! Guess I really needed to get that out.
Sorry it was so lenghtly, Monotdid