Can you recognize your triggers? I admit that I still have a hard time with that. There can be dozens of them and once you have them down, a brand new one sneaks up on you. So what can you do?
I great way to help recognize your triggers is to track your mood. You can do this with a journal or if you go online there are some mood tracking tools available to you. There’s even mood tracker apps for your phone. When you track your mood you need to keep track of several differents things:
Your mood from day to day
Medications- what you took, how much etc.
Daily events- work, school, home life etc.
Over time, tracking these things helps you to a see patterns and changes. You can also possibly pinpoint when you have beenb triggered. Having a more detailed account of the last 6 months is a lot better and easier than trying to think back.
Now that you can recognize some of your triggers what do you do? You need a support system and back-up plan in place. Steps need to be taken to protect yourself during a manic episode. Your job, relationships and finances can be severely impacted during an episode. Take a step back and look at things to see if you can make a couple of changes to prepare and protect you from mania.
What about when you go into depression? What gets neglected the most in your life when depression hits? See if there are some preventative measures you can take here too.
For either mania or depression you need a support system in place. I’ll talk about this next time. In the meantime, how do you recognize your triggers? Do you currently track your moods? Have you taken preventative measures for the up’s and down’s? Let me know!