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Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not by itself

Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.
e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on.

In brief: Not by itself

Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.
e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but not cause

Bipolar i and ii (and iii, aka cyclothymia) are all conditions that require a genetic underpinning.
Someone without such will not develop bipolar. But like most complex human conditions, environmental triggers--intrauterine, developmental, experiential--are usually required to "provoke" the condition into full expression. With bipolar, stress is at most a contributory factor, influencing its timing.

In brief: Yes, but not cause

Bipolar i and ii (and iii, aka cyclothymia) are all conditions that require a genetic underpinning.
Someone without such will not develop bipolar. But like most complex human conditions, environmental triggers--intrauterine, developmental, experiential--are usually required to "provoke" the condition into full expression. With bipolar, stress is at most a contributory factor, influencing its timing.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: With other factors

The exact causes of bipolar ii disorder aren't fully understood, but it is a chronic condition with biological, psychological, and social components.
Stress could precipitate an episode, but people who experience dysfunctional mood conditions experience them regardless of outside stressors.

In brief: With other factors

The exact causes of bipolar ii disorder aren't fully understood, but it is a chronic condition with biological, psychological, and social components.
Stress could precipitate an episode, but people who experience dysfunctional mood conditions experience them regardless of outside stressors.
Dr. Matthew Keener
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: If can be a trigger

In someone w a biological predisposition.
There are many potential triggers for bipolar d/o. Prescription medications are one (antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, decongestants, asthma inhalers ; antabuse) as well as caffeine ; illicit drugs. Lack of sleep, menses, head injury, ms ; infectious diseases are other causes. Psychosocial stressors may include death of loved one, divorce, loss of.

In brief: If can be a trigger

In someone w a biological predisposition.
There are many potential triggers for bipolar d/o. Prescription medications are one (antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, decongestants, asthma inhalers ; antabuse) as well as caffeine ; illicit drugs. Lack of sleep, menses, head injury, ms ; infectious diseases are other causes. Psychosocial stressors may include death of loved one, divorce, loss of.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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