What are risk factors for a bipolar disorder relapse?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Behavior that increases the risk of a bipolar disorder relapse includes: using alcohol and illicit drugs; stopping medications abruptly; taking mood stabilizers and antidepressants erratically; not sleeping enough or well; lacking a social network during stressful times; having conflicts with relationships, at work, and with your family; feeling negative about life; having acute or chronic stress. Fortunately, early intervention as your moods begin to change may help to stop the mood swing and allow you to function optimally.

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