Our expert says:
Diet has nothing to do with bipolar disorder or its episodes. Medication can often control it well, making the episodes less severe and less frequent, though it can take a little while to find the right doses and combination of meds to achieve this. Check out the MIND section of this site for more info about Bipolar Disorder.
To help anyone effectively, it's best to start by discovering (a) whether they need and want any help, and (b) if so, what help they do need and want. And he has had experience, not simply of Bipolar Disorder, but of HIS Bipolar Disorder, so discuss this with him. Depressive episodes are usually not to difficult to spot in earlier stages, with the reduction in energy, interest, and the descending gloom. Early manic episodes can be more difficult to spot, both because it's often an excess of energy and good spirits which can be enjoyable for both him and you, and it may feel a bit like being a spoilsport to think --- well, it was fun to dance all night at the club, but it was a bit over the top, maybe he should see his shrink and check whether he ought to add some meds to cool off this high.
And when in doubt, he should check with his shrink, as we are quite experienced at spotting when someone's going over the top ( or under the top !).
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