It sounds really good that you are going with him to see his doctor and that you are alert to the probability of bipolar illness. That's a definite possibility but one that his physician will have to diagnose.
For bipolar illness, lithium is still the standard for treatment. In appropriate doses it may be very effective. Two newer meds are out now called Lamictal (or Lamotrigine) and Abilify. Both are excellent for those who can take them and the dosage is often smaller than lithium to control the chemical imbalance in the brain. (They are called mood stabilizers.)
Bipolar patients have four things that they must do (according to my psychiatrist) It probably also applies to depression, since depression can be a chemical imbalance just as bipolar illness is:
1. They must eliminate alcohol from their diet.
2. The must eliminate anything with caffeine from their diet. (Both
alcohol and caffeine make bipolar illness and depression worse.)
3. The must take their meds and
4. They must get their rest (Be sure to ask for sleep medication
for him to keep him on a regular sleep schedule if it is bipolar illness or depression.)
With diet changes, your husband may be able to hasten the healing process. It looks very, very encouraging with these new moves you are making, and I hope he will be convinced by his physicians of his need to take the appropriate medication to relieve the psychological pain he endures.
How about you? Are you going to ask for a medication to help you
while you're helping him? I suggest that your doctor might wish for you to take an anti-anxiety medication.
The visit with the pastor is a superb idea, and some psychological counselling for your husband is in order. You might want to get a little therapy, as well, to overcome the trauma of years of sacrifice and pain for you.
You are a very intelligent person and are acting in the best way
one could act to protect a loved one and get some healing in the
home. I respect your courage very much.
Keep in touch; we're all hoping the best for both of you.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 12/8/2011 2:04:11 PM (GMT-7)