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    Bipolar Disorder - What Increases Your Risk

    Bipolar disorder can be passed down through families. If anyone in your family has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, your risk of having it is higher.

    Some things can increase your risk of a manic episode or depression. These include:

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    • Changes in sleep or daily routines.
    • Antidepressant medicine. This can happen if you haven't been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are seeking treatment for depression.
    • Stressful events.
    • Quitting your medicine for bipolar disorder. Even if you're feeling better, it's important to take your medicines as prescribed.

    Alcohol or drug use or abuse puts you at a high risk for having a relapse of mood disturbances.5

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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