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What are the cause of mood episodes in bipolar disorder?

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Mood episodes in bipolar disorder often happen suddenly, for no particular reason. Sometimes, you may notice there are specific things that can trigger mania or depression, such as getting too little sleep, changes to your daily routine, or jet lag when you travel. Many people find they're more likely to become depressed or manic during stressful times at work or during holidays. Some people see seasonal patterns to their mood changes.

From: Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). 

American Psychiatric Association. 

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Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). 

American Psychiatric Association. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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