Since we’ve talked a bit about triggers that push you towards depression I now want to talk about ones the push you up. Up can be mania for some or hypomania for others.
Positive major life changes can trigger mania. A new relationship, marriage, new job, having a baby and any other positive changes can trigger you. The excitement surrounding these changes is what gets me. When I got married the excitement masked how manic I was. It just seemed like I was busy planning. There’s usually a lot of preparation involved with these changes that takes time, so the excitement just builds and builds. Therefore it can trigger you.
Lack of sleep can also trigger mania. If you’ve done some research on this disorder you probably have read that a schedule is really important, especially when it comes to your sleep routine. Any change in your sleep can trigger you. Life happens and things come up that interupt your schedule, that’s completely understandable. But doing your best to stick as close to routine as possible is a good offense against this possible trigger. I’m guilty of falling down on the job when it comes to this one!
New medications. Whenever starting a new medication it’s important to keep track of any mood changes. It can and will happen depending on the type of medication. When starting a new anti-depressant it is really a time to keep on top of things. They have been known to throw ones into mania. This shouldn’t prevent you from trying different anti-depressants to see if they help you. It just means your awareness level should be up.
Recreational drugs. I’ve never tried them and I don’t plan on it but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to include them as a trigger. Ones with a mental illness sometimes self medicate, if this is you keep reading. Drugs that are uppers like ecstasy, cocaine, meth, you get the picture. They can trigger mania for obvious reasons. The more you use them the more the possibility of being triggered.
So, what’s your mania trigger? Do you have a way to avoid it or deal with it? In my next post I’ll talk about how to recognize your personal triggers and how to get a support system in place when it happens. Talk to you then!