I am new to this website and new to this illness. My husband is bi-polar. He was diagnosed in his early teens. He is now off his medication and my life is a roller coaster. When he takes his medication we are happy and everything is managable. He has a cycle. He takes his meds for a couple of months. Then, he feels like he can manage w/o it. After 2-3 weeks off his meds things get unbearable. He refuses to talk. He becomes paranoid and cruel. It is a battle just to get through everyday tasks. He requires so much attention. He has been in and out of institutions. I am afraid I will lose him to this. The thing that concerns me most is he thinks he has no illness. Is there anything I can do other than just support? I have become familiar with the illness through research but I need more insight.