He’s here today. My husband…is home today and tomorrow and the next day. He works Sunday and then again maybe next Tuesday, but he’s going to be seeing a lot more of home, and the tempting couch, for the next month as the factory has hit its annual slow spell. I’m a little scared.
As I see it, there are four major factors that go into my husband’s mood stability:
- Faithfully taking his meds, and getting into the doctor quickly when he needs a medication or dosage change
- Making healthy sleep habits a priority, not too little and not too much, and being sure to use his CPAP machine for his sleep apnea
- Me taking care of my own mental health and not burdening him with my frustration, anxiety, and stress
- Structure, big time.
As Paul Jones of BipolarBoy.com puts it, everybody has their own flavor of bipolar. No two people with bipolar have the same symptom patterns to the same triggers that resolve with the same meds or lifestyle changes. My husband’s Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder interact in such a way that he cannot function without almost constant activity during the day, and of course, it would be better if the activity was something that didn’t need all of the strength of his stimulant medication to hold his attention.