By Megan Samuels, MSW, LMSW, Outreach Coordinator
People struggling with bipolar disorder can experience mood fluctuations that may be severe and that can impair everyday functioning.
While we cannot prevent all contributions to clinically impairing mood fluctuations, such as a potential genetic predisposition, we can take a look at other areas of a person’s life to reduce the intensity or frequency of mood fluctuations. Some other factors that can contribute to the intensity and frequency of mood fluctuations in folks with bipolar disorder include stress, major life events or life changes, and lack of regular and plentiful sleep.
This blog will outline some priorities to focus on when it comes to reducing or maintaining symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Some priorities include:
These priorities can be things to think about or conversations to have with your loved ones and/or treatment team. Remember that no two people are the same, so these priorities may have to be shifted or altered to best support someone’s journey with bipolar disorder. My hope is that this provides a starting place for thinking through how to prevent and decrease triggers of bipolar disorder and live a more fulfilling life - with less mood swings that interfere with daily functioning.
Working with professionals who are highly knowledgeable about bipolar disorder can feel refreshing and hopeful.
Check out our other blog posts about bipolar disorder:
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