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PostSubject: Bipolar Disorder: Tracking Triggers   Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:04 pm

Bipolar Disorder: Tracking Triggers

Life events, anxiety, and even physical changes can cause a mood swing. What triggers an episode of mania or depression varies from person to person. Here are some typical physical triggers, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

-- Not getting enough sleep
-- Using alcohol or drugs
-- Stopping your medicine
-- Beginning antidepressant medication (this can cause a switch to mania)
-- Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function, a possible side effect of lithium medication, often used to treat bipolar illness)

Emotional stress and big or small life changes can also cause mania or depression. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance gives these examples:

-- Major life change like moving or starting a new job
-- Arguing with a friend or loved one
-- Financial problems


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