Bipolar Disorder and the Weather – Good or Bad?

I had someone ask me if the weather could have anything to do with their bipolar depression (they were having bad weather), so I did some research on it.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be one cause for depression, as it has to do with the weather. In other words, if the weather is cold and gloomy, someone with this disorder will get depressed.

But bipolar depression is different in that it won’t go away overnight, or even after a few days (and especially not just because the sun comes out). Bipolar depression can only be treated with medication. On the other hand, research does show that depression can improve if you have bipolar and you go outside into the natural light.

There is even something called Light Therapy that goes on that assumption, and many people with bipolar disorder claim that it works for them.

I, personally, find that my moods to tend to fluctuate according to the weather, although that is not the only factor, as it is with SAD. My attitude has a lot to do with it as well. If I am in a happy mood, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or snowing. But if I am unhappy, bad weather will just compound my bad mood.

If I change my attitude, however, and try to be positive and optimistic, my bad mood will change into a good mood, no matter what the weather does. So I do have some control over it.

The point is what I just said – that you DO have control over how the weather affects you, in most cases. The choice is yours whether to let a snowy or rainy day get you down. Try to do something positive instead of dwelling on the negative weather outside. Do something that you enjoy doing.

Like, in my case, I love a gloomy, rainy day, as I love to pick up a good book, climb into bed, and pull the covers up. Then I read to my heart’s content.

Sometimes, if I’m feeling negative, I will write in my journal about the way I’m feeling, and by the time I’ve dumped all that onto paper, I find that my mood has already improved. It really helps me to write everything out.

When it’s a real bipolar depression, like one that has gone on for days, I tell my husband (my primary supporter) about it. It helps to know that I don’t have to handle it alone. He is always there for me, and he understands – so I don’t have to go into a big explanation or be defensive. It’s nice to have that.

As for today, well, the sun is shining! Which always helps when you have bipolar disorder. I think it’s going to be a good day! I hope it is for you as well.

Wishing you peace and stability,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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