I’m happy to hear that he is improving and he is very blessed to have your support. Thank you for sharing.
I struggled with it all of my life and finally caved this past May and tried medication. I had always turned it down before as a teenager, my 20s and 30s. I crashed hard at age 42 and just couldn’t pick myself back up on my own. The depression was too heavy. I started taking an antidepressant which helped the depression tremendously but not the mania. I’m not taking mood stabilizer.
I never have self medicated. I think my drug of choice was being an over achiever. Enough was never enough. Thanks to the medication, it’s all enough now and I have slowed down a great deal. I’m enjoy life now opposed to non-stop running myself into the ground.