6 Most Common Triggers That Can Cause a Bipolar Disorder

Some surprising factors can play a role in the severity of your bipolar symptoms. Find out what stress, poor sleep, and the time of year have to do with bipolar mood swings.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), around 5.7 million American adults have — and the condition affects everyone differently.

Although doctors haven’t discovered one specific cause for bipolar disorder, a person’s genes, brain structure, and environment could all play a role in how often symptoms develop, how severe they become, and how long they last, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Certain lifestyle and environmental factors can also trigger or aggravate the extreme highs and lows that are a hallmark of the condition, known as bipolar mood episodes. Once you’re aware of these triggers, you can gain better control over your bipolar.

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