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What is a way to spot triggers of mood swings in bipolar disorder?

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If you have bipolar disorder, one good way to spot your mood swing triggers is to keep a journal. Make note of big events, stresses, your medication dose, and the amount of sleep you're getting. Over time, you might see some patterns.

Of course, there may be triggers that you just can’t avoid, like a serious illness or the death of a loved one. But if you can recognize the things that are likely to bring on mania or depression, you can prepare for times when you might be most vulnerable. Work with a mental health professional to plan what to do when you think a mood swing might happen. Ask for more help from family and friends. Have them check in more often so you get extra support.

From: Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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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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