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Do bipolar disorder mood swings follow a pattern?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Bipolar mood swings sometimes fit a pattern, but for most people they are not predictable and may change over time. Researchers are still figuring out what causes bipolar mood changes. Many factors may influence these mood cycles, including antidepressant medication, thyroid diseases, lack of sleep, seasons of the year, and stressful life events. 

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