Prevention of Mania

The highs of a manic episode may seem appealing but in reality they can take a terrible toll on the person affected as well as on his family and friends. In order to prevent manic episodes, it is important to understand the trigger factors that set them off. Here are some tips to prevent mania:

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule. An irregular or a disturbed sleep pattern can bring on a manic attack.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol as not only can they increase recklessness and aggression but may also react with your medication.
  • Avoid stress, conflict, work tension and financial worries.
  • Caffeine, over-the-counter allergy and cold medications and drugs to treat thyroid problems can trigger mania.
  • Keep a diary or a mood chart to track your behavioral patterns and triggers. The more you know, the greater the chances of preventing a manic episode in the future.
  • Do not miss any medications or self-medicate as this can bring about a relapse. If side effects of certain drugs are affecting you, speak to you doctor about ways to reduce them.
  • Try yoga and meditation to improve overall health.

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