By knowing what tends to stress you and trigger shifts in mood, you can often become more proactive in mood management and more sensitive to potential early warning signs. Situations that trigger mood episodes and a person’s stress threshold vary from person to person and family to family. In addition, as the illness progresses over the years, cycles seem to come more of their own free will, sometimes without the impetus of a stressor or trigger. […]
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You may be able to short-circuit a developing mood episode through early intervention, but to do so, you must first be able to identify the early warning signs. In this post, I point out some common early warning signs of an oncoming bipolar mood episode (depression, mania, or mixed) and ask you to share your early warning signs.
One of the most challenging aspects of bipolar disorder is that those who have it often lack insight, meaning that in the midst of a major mood episode, their mood radar stops working. Consider teaming up with a loved one you trust to provide the objective insight you need. Remember: The earlier you intervene, the better chance you have of keeping a full-blown mood episode at bay.
Early warning signs are internal and may or may not arise in reaction to stressful situations. In spite of your …Read the Rest
Triggers are external events or circumstances that may produce very uncomfortable emotional or psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, panic, discouragement, …Read the Rest
On the first tab write “Daily Maintenance Plan.” If you haven’t already done so, insert it in the binder along …Read the Rest
To develop this plan, the only materials you need are a three-ring binder, a set of five tabs or dividers, …Read the Rest
Many people who have troubling emotional, psychiatric, or physical symptoms have made great strides in learning how to do things …Read the Rest