Hello, rubixqueen24, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
I'm really sorry that your brother has bipolar illness. It's a difficult one to deal with, particularly if the patient is not willing to take control of his life and learn how to care for himself.
In my view, there are several things he might consider doing:
1. To get back into psychotherapy (to get properly medicated and to eradicate the fears he has of life, failure, and people).
2. To ask his psychotherapist about
two of the newer medications to assist with bipolar chemical imbalance: Lamotrigine (Lamictal) and Abilify. Either one of them seems to be of help to many who have bipolar illness. Often, one med alone is not enough. (Take a look at the number of medications some on the Bipolar Forum take for stability.)
3. Omit alcohol from the diet; it makes bipolar illness and depression worse. Omit caffeine from the diet; it also makes bipolar illness and depression worse.
4. Get on a diet that is alkaline more than it is acidic. (See Alkaline Foods. com to learn which ones are more appropriate for an alkaline
fluid condition of the body.)
5. Get into a church (after he has stabilized) that will help him learn a level of life that has real depth and sense of peace and contentment in it.
6. See, if after you have him stabilized, you can persuade him to communicate on our Bipolar Forum about
his needs--where nobody knows who he is but is just a fellow sufferer who might have some encouragement or advice to help your brother. It will amaze him to see how others with the illness cope.
Take care of yourself, of course, first.
Thanks for posting; please let us know how he gets along.
Have a good New Year!
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 12/26/2011 11:08:12 AM (GMT-7)