Our expert says:
Nowadays it is proper practice to make diagnoses according to widely agreed criteria. If your husband has a pattern of symptoms indicating a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, that would be diagnosed, but NOt if he did not have the appropriate symptoms. And one would not use any drug, including lithium without a firm a properly made diagnosis. Lithium can be a pretty reliable drug, though I'd be concerned about giving it to someone who runs comrades, because if he got dehydrated in the race,m it might cause more problems than usual.
Nothing you describe sounds particular like someone with a bipolar disorder, or indeed any abnormality. Yes, being TOO busy and buying too many things might reflect a manic episode --- at his age, one would think that there would have been previous manic wepisodes you would remember and could measure his current behaviours against that. Why not see the psychiarist together, and discuss both your depression, and your concerns about whether your husband's diagnosis and treatment are appropriate and useful
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