Stress is one of the biggest reasons for failing health and emotional disturbances in our nation.  There just doesn't seem to be any way to avoid it.  So how do you know when stress becomes a problem, and what do you do about it?

 

Stress is particularly a problem for people with bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders, as it can be a trigger to an episode.

 

Therefore, it is very important that you learn to recognize its signs in time to avoid a full-blown bipolar episode.

 

Some signs of stress include (but not limited to):

 

1.      Headaches (Migraines)

2.      Backaches

3.      Body Aches

4.      Upset Stomach

5.      Nervousness

6.      Tremors (Shaking)

7.      Agitation

8.      Short Temper (Easily Angered)

9.      Memory Lapses

10.  Anxiety

 

If you are a supporter to a loved one with bipolar disorder, it is important that you keep the home environment as safe and stress-free as possible for them.

 

Nobody is perfect, so your loved one may still experience stress anyway.  They may show any of the above listed symptoms, but you might also notice an increase in their bipolar symptoms.

 

If this is the case, you may need to contact the doctor, as they may be going into a bipolar episode.