I can understand your concern regarding your boyfriend's psychiatric problem. Please be informed that bipolar disorder
is a kind of psychiatric disorder which has a high risk of relapse, especially if medication is discontinued. In other words, it can be controlled with medication but not completely cured completely.
Please understand that this disorder is caused due to certain neurochemical imbalances in the brain, thereby resulting in mood dysregulation. So, treatment is with mood stabilizing medication, which have to be continued on a long term basis. Only this will prevent further episodes of depression
. For how long the medication needs to be continued varies from person to person and depends on different factors like number and severity of episodes, duration of symptom-free period, current level of functionality, etc. So, please advise him to be on regualar treatment and follow up from a psychiatrist
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar