What life events can trigger bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Onset of the bipolar illness is often triggered by major life events that cause stress, which can trigger either a manic or depressive episode, depending on the person and how stress impacts him or her. Here are some examples of stressful life events:

- The death of someone close to you.
- Divorce or loss of a romantic partner.
- Difficult personal relationships.
- Getting married.
- Going away to college.
- The birth or illness of a child.
- Problems at school or work.
- Financial difficulties.
- A change in employment, such as starting a new job or losing one.
- Moving, especially to a new place without an established support system.
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