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Link Between Sleep Disturbances and the Onset of Mania

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Link Between Sleep Disturbances and the Onset of Mania

People with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder often have trouble with getting regular sleep. Unfortunately this can sometimes create a vicious cycle as their sleep issues can worsen symptoms of their disorder. This is especially a problem for people with bipolar disorder who may find that their problems with sleeping can trigger a manic episode.

Studies of bipolar disorder have linked sleep disturbances with both problems functioning and the onset of mania in many individuals. The two issues influence each other as many people with bipolar disorder find that their symptoms make it difficult to sleep and their lack of sleep can worsen symptoms. Research has shown that about half of people with bipolar disorder wake up in the night or have difficulty falling asleep.

People that are not able to sleep a full eight hours a night often have a worse quality of life especially when they are dealing with a complicated disorder like bipolar disorder. Lack of sleep can lead to a manic episode which in turn which cause the individual to sleep even less. Mania can cause people with bipolar disorder to feel that they need less sleep to function.

It is important for people with bipolar disorder to try to improve their sleeping habits in order to minimize the onset of episodes and also to improve their overall quality of life. Some medications and lifestyle changes can help people with the disorder start to sleep more regularly. With treatment, some of their symptoms may be reduced which can also help promote better sleep.

Eating a healthy diet, exercising, going to therapy and avoiding alcohol and drugs can all lead to better sleep and as a result will minimize the possibility of triggering a manic episode.

Overspending During Manic Phase

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Overspending During Manic Phase

People with bipolar disorder experience different phases of their illness and a unique set of symptoms for both their depressive and manic episodes. While during the depressive stage they may be lethargic, hopeless and tearful, their manic phase can cause them to behave erratically and take dangerous risks at times. One of the most common symptoms that people experience during their manic phase is a tendency to go on shopping sprees and engage in overspending.

The manic phase can cause bipolar individuals to act impulsively and irrationally because they feel unusually elated and energetic. Wild shopping sprees can have dire consequences for bipolar people and their family members because it may lead to financial problems if the person accumulates debt. Preventing overspending can be an essential element of living with bipolar disorder and managing the symptoms.

Overspending may take the form of making significant investments due to manic feelings of grandiosity and the belief that they can do no wrong. They may also buy extravagant gifts for friends and family due to grandiosity and impulsivity or begin a risky gambling habit. They might also find expensive outlets for other symptoms such as hypersexuality which is common during the manic phase.

In order to prevent overspending from becoming a recurring problem it is important for people with bipolar disorder to create a plan for handling it. Tactics such as restricting time on the internet, putting cash and credit cards away or having a spouse or other family member restrict bank account access can help. Having precautions in place and strategies to curtail overspending can make it easier to manage finances for someone with bipolar disorder.

Learning to identify early signs of a manic episode as well as the beginning of a spending spree can give the individual or friends and family the chance to put a plan into action.