It’s remarkable how a busy schedule can keep the demons at bay. For Steve, the best line of defense against a lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder was his demanding job. As an executive at a large aerospace engineering firm, Steve found a sense of meaning and accomplishment in his work.

When he retired, Steve lost that purpose and the day-to-day structure that had helped him control his volatile mood swings. Soon after, his father died, and as he tried to grieve, his family fought bitterly over the estate.

His days felt endless, stretching before him each morning without promise or purpose. He walled himself off from friends and family as he sank into a deep depression. At his wife’s urging, he talked to a family doctor, but an improper prescription only made Steve’s depression heavier.

“I felt I was taking on all the world’s problems as my own,” he recalls. “I saw no way out.”

When Steve’s dark thoughts turned suicidal, his wife brought him to the David Lawrence Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit. A team of expert physicians and psychiatrists helped bring Steve back from the brink. With corrections to his medications and compassionate counseling, the fog that had engulfed him for months began to lift and he realized all that he had to live for.

Steve’s stay at the David Lawrence Centers was a turning point, and he has continued to attend outpatient therapy as he rebuilds his life and his relationships. Today, Steve is planning to start his own business, and the days that once stretched empty before him now are full of possibility and hope.

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