My fiance (husband in April) has been diagnosed for just over a year and actively pursuing treatment for about eight months. I must say that with medication our relationship and his happiness as an individual has substantially improved. He takes 300mg Trileptol 2x daily...his PDOC upped his dose but it makes him excessively sleepy which is highly dangerous in his job as a truck driver. So, on the lower dose of meds he still cycles (mostly manic) but is is nowhere as severe as before the meds. However, when he cycles he follows a predictable routine...he becomes abnormally affectionate, then withdraws, then he becomes extremely aggitated, irritable and aggressive. When I start to notice the "signs" I try to delicately tell him that I think he may be cycling and he may want to go on the higher dose prescribed by his PDOC (at least for awhile). But when he is manic he always says nothing is wrong and it is everyone else that do things to irritate him. So, my question is: How can I delicately help him see when his mood begins to change without taking away his dignity and making him feel like I think he is a basketcase?
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