Lifestyle has a lot to do with it as does medication. There's more and more research available about the elasticity of the brain. I like to think I'm getting better and better.
I take lithium and olanzapene daily, and sleeping pills when I need it. Sleep is very important. I was in pretty bad shape 10 years ago and had major, major bouts in the early 80s and throughout the 90's.. I was first diagnosed in the late 70s. I quit drinking and smoking in mid 2000's and haven't had a major episode since 2002. Now I'm married and wrote a book about an accidental journey via bilpolar disorder through to the other side.
I found Carl Jung's concept of synchonicity is more apparent during episodes. (While I do everything to avoid an episode, I look for value in the experience as well.)View Thread