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What triggers bipolar episodes?

While bipolar episodes are often occurring without any obvious trigger, there are certain things that can contribute to the onset of a bipolar episode, or worsen it. A lot of times it is connected to stressors and major life events.

Some things that can trigger an episode in an individual with Bipolar Disorder are:
enlightenedStress from major life events (both positive and negative),
enlightenedlack of sleep,
enlightenederratic schedules,
enlightenedcaffeine and alcohol,
enlightenedcertain medications (antidepressants, corticosteroids, and antipsychotics),
enlightenedseasonal changes,
enlightenedstopping or changing medication,
enlightenedthyroid or hormonal issues,
​​​​​​​enlightenedsubstance abuse
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