It really feels like spring is here this week, doesn’t it?
For some individuals that struggle with Bipolar Disorder, the change in weather from winter to spring provides a catalyst for manic episodes. The increase in sunlight, ability to be outside more often, and the general feeling of renewal that comes with the change to nicer weather can spark manic symptoms such as euphoria, impulsivity and grandiosity. Suicide may even be more common in the springtime due to the changes in light. Those suffering from addiction and mental illness may also notice changes in symptoms and behavior related to springtime mania.
In order to manage and cope with seasonal patterns in Bipolar Disorder, it is essential to recognize the signs early on. Some initial signs of mania include sleep difficulty/changes, hyperactivity, and rapid speech and/or racing thoughts. Some may feel a pressure to do things but not know what to do, which lends itself to greater impulsivity and further escalation of a manic episode. One of the more dangerous components of a manic episode can also be choosing not to take one’s medication due to feeling euphoric and unstoppable, again leading to possible escalation of the episode and even hospitalization.
Coping with the cycles and swings of Bipolar Disorder, or any mental illness for that matter, involves introspection and analysis on the part of the afflicted individual. Regular visits with mental health professionals can help to identify patterns and symptoms that may not be easily identifiable to the person experiencing them. Main St. Psychiatry is here to support you in managing symptoms of mental illness and addiction and finding a path to meaningful recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling, please call us today.
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Original material found at: https://psychcentral.com/lib/phases-and-symptoms-of-bipolar-disorder/