Irritability and anger are on the front lines of bipolar disorder. Here’s a plan of attack:
#1 Control stress
Since stress is a major bipolar trigger, it’s in your best interest to do what you can to simplify your life and relieve stress in your personal and work life. This may mean considering a new job if yours is high-pressure with many hours or asking family members to share more household responsibilities.
#2 Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs
Alcohol and sedatives can provoke depression and drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamines can trigger mania. Any of these substances can interfere with sleep and can affect how your medications work. Remember that even limited social drinking can upset your state of emotions, set off irritable moods and possibly spark a mood episode.
#3 Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
Try and stay disciplined about your sleep habits, striving to go to bed and awaken the time every day. Getting a good night’s rest is crucial for regulating emotion, impulsivity, and risk-taking, as well other important jobs such as cognitive functioning. Be aware that getting too much sleep, as well as not enough can aggravate your mood. Healthy sleep also has been shown to decrease the risk for relapse.
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