People with bipolar disorder may find that their symptoms get worse in the summer. This is called summer mania. It’s not clear why this happens, but it may be due to the longer hours of daylight, which can disrupt sleep and mood.
Here are some of the risks of summer mania:
- High blood pressure
- Substance abuse
- Problems at work or school
- Problems in relationships
Here are some things you can do to help manage bipolar disorder in the summer:
- Set a regular routine and stick to it, including a regular sleep schedule.
- Get enough sleep.
- Take your medication as prescribed.
- See your therapist regularly.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
If you think you may be experiencing summer mania, talk to your doctor. They can help you develop a treatment plan.
Here are some additional tips for managing bipolar disorder in the summer:
- Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol.
- Eat regular meals and snacks.
- Get regular exercise.
- Spend time in nature.
- Connect with friends and family.
- Take breaks when you need them.
If you are struggling to manage your bipolar disorder in the summer, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available, including your doctor, therapist, and support groups.
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