My boyfriend of nearly a year recently learned he is bipolar. he decided to relocate, quite far from me, about 400 miles....to deal with it. He is familiar with the doctor he will be seeing in his home town, and he is also in a safe and familiar setting, surrounded by family. We have decided to take everything one day at a time, and for now, we are still together. He has been gone nearly four weeks, and he is having his first episode. I think he's experiencing depression, although he isn't really expressing himself to me. Strangely, he doesn't want to talk about it. It's borderline avoidance. I know I'm supposed to be patient, but it seems like just yesterday he was fine, then was diagnosed, and now says he's "spiraling down." He seems to be giving up already. It doesn't help much that I too am struggling with depression, clinically undiagnosed. Just depression...We are both in terrible states. I feel as though I have struggled with depression my whole life, and life has become consequently just a process of pushing forward through all the black holes. Is there any way, chemical imbalances can be self-treated? Can one balance themselves without the assistance of doctors if they have something like bipolar? I'm more into eastern practices, and I wonder if anyone ever recommends meditation... Are there any case studies to support that notion?