Environmental Factors in Bipolar Disorder

Environmental factors in bipolar disorder can include the loss of a loved one, suffering from abuse, sleep problems, or substance abuse. While substance abuse is not a cause of bipolar disorder, it can worsen symptoms. Stress and prenatal complications can also trigger bipolar disorder.

Fast Facts:

  • Certain medications can trigger a manic episode.
  • The exact cause of bipolar disorder is still unknown.
  • Other factors that can trigger bipolar disorder are biochemical and genetic.