Common Triggers

The one thing that comes up on our group is “Triggers” and what are the most common ones.

Here is piece written by one of our members.

Bipolar People are more susceptible to stress than people without the disorder. We react to situations and behaviors with bipolar symptoms. During a crisis situation, the symptoms become so out of control that they appear to be the actual problem. All of the focus goes towards stopping the symptoms, but not the root of the symptoms which are the triggers. Stopping the symptoms is an important part of finding stability but there is also an you can take to prevent the symptoms from going form bad to worse.

Recognize that the symptoms are the fruits of Bipolar and triggers are the seeds. If you treat the seeds before they grow… they won’t get very big and you won’t end up in the hospital with a raging depressive or manic episode.
 
When looking at it this way you can see that symptoms have a trigger point. You need to look at the trigger point and find out what stressed you out in the first place.
 
The key to preventing these symptoms is to learn to modify or stop the triggers in your life. The things that make you ill. Understanding will help you when going into a stressful situation make the right choices to keep yourself safe.
 
COMMON TRIGGERS:
 
Arguments
Travel
Time Change
Work related stress
Caffeine
Drug use, including medications
Alcohol use
Change in general
Social events
Shopping centers
Driving in traffic
Poor diet high in refined foods
Lack of exercise
Unstable family situation
Poor relationship with spouse, family member, friend or co-worker
Lack of balance in life
Poor sleep habits, staying up to late, sleeping all day
Lack of a schedule
Lack of structure
Too many obligations
Constantly on the move
Constantly doing something
Over-Exposure to TV and other media
Hanging out with unstable people
Aggression towards self or other people
Overly stimulated lifestyle
Lack of spirituality
Over-scheduled or over-committed
Listening to negative self-dialogue
Illness or death in the family
Stressful world events
 
It is important to know you can’t avoid all stressful situations. LIFE IS LIFE! But by eliminating a few, limiting a few more and adding a couple things to your life you should be golden!.

Take the time to maintain balance by taking time out for you. Have a hobby, do some yoga; deep breathing & meditation. Exercise more. Spend time with supportive family & friends. Pursue religious & spiritual matters. Read & write more, paint a picture, play with your kids. Take a walk. Anything that brings you joy & peace.
 
We spend so much time wasting our time focusing on what is wrong. Take 1/2 that energy and focus on how to get better.

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