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Can lack of sleep cause bipolar disorder?

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People with bipolar disorder may have a genetic link to sleep-wake cycle problems that can trigger symptoms of depression and mania.

Sleep loss may lead to a mood episode such as mania (elation) in some patients. Worrying about losing sleep can increase anxiety, thus worsening the bipolar mood disorder altogether. Once a sleep-deprived person with bipolar disorder goes into a manic state, they need sleep even less.

From: Causes of Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIMH: What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Treatable Causes of Disability: Bipolar."

Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

NIMH: What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Treatable Causes of Disability: Bipolar."

Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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