Turn off and tune out. Finding a relaxing evening activity that everyone can join in at night prior to snooze time. Activities that stimulate the senses, like video games and TV should be shut down a few hours before bed. White noise machines are available on the market that can supply a consistent soothing background noise.
Drugs and alcohol may only be a small concern. They may partake of illegal drugs or alcohol, but it is in more of a social way and there’s no obvious evidence of it as being a problem.
You need some sort of reason to get out of bed when you have depression, whether it is a faith teaching that “all things work together for good” or a secular hope that “today may be my lucky day.” But you also need to be realistic. There is nothing morally wrong in taking advantage of the medical advances of modern times. If you treat your mind and spirit with respect, you should treat your body with the same respect, because they are all tightly connected.
We would make appointments but he would forget them. These were doctor’s appointments for very important things such as colonoscopies which should he should have remembered.
There are some people who will never understand depression and crazy and we must be careful about who we tell. No matter how much education there is on this disorder, these are still very personal details about yourself and others. The lack of understanding from other people can turn out to be very hurtful for the person who is bipolar.
Judging from the comments attached to the online news stories about his death, some people hated him for what he did, for what he didn’t do, and to whom he was born.
That does not mean that this is how things have to go- it’s just the way they normally go because people don’t educate themselves enough on the Disorder and how to manage it.