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3 Risk Factors Associated With A Depressive Episode

Introduction

mood disorders vs. personality disordersDo you suffer from Bipolar Disorder and experience the lows of a depressive episode?  If so, then this article is for you.  This article will describe three risk factors associated with a depressive episode in bipolar patients.  They include: feeling worried, eating too little or too much, in addition to feeling like they can’t enjoy anything.

Feeling Worried

According to www.nhlbi.nih.gov, the first risk factor associated with a depressive episode in bipolar patients is feeling worried.  This occurs when patients have automatic thoughts and ruminate a lot.  When patients ruminate, they over analyze situations and imagine every possible situation possible.  You may also heard of racing thoughts.  This is the same situation.  There are various coping mechanism to handle this.  You can journal.  You can meditate.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is also very helpful as it focuses on your thoughts or beliefs and how to reconstruct them.

Eating Too Little Or Too Much

In addition to feeling worried, according towww.nhlbi.nih.gov, the second risk factor associated with a depressive episode of bipolar disorder is eating too little or too much.  This occurs when patients have an increased appetite or a decreased appetite.  Logically, if you have an increased appetite, you are going to eat more.  In addition, you are most likely going to gain weight.  In addition on another note, if you have a decreased appetite, you are probably going to eat less.  In effect, you are probably going to maintain the same weight as you currently have or even more lose some weight.  An increased or decreased appetite can also be a side effect of antidepressant medication in depressed patients who suffer from Bipolar Disorder.

Feeling Like You Can’t Enjoy Anything

In addition to feeling worried and eating too little or too much, according to www.nhlbi.nih.gov, the third risk factor associated with a depressive episode in bipolar patients is feeling like you can’t enjoy anything.  This can be present when depressed patients do not get out of bed and sleep all day.  They do not shower.  They have lost all interest in daily activities.

Conclusion

To end this article, the risk factors associated with a depressive episode have been mentioned in bipolar patients.  They include: feeling worried and eating too little or too much.  In addition to feeling worried and eating too little or too much, the third risk factor associated with a depressive episode is feeling like you can’t enjoy anything.

 

3 Risk Factors Associated With A Depressive Episode


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2017). 3 Risk Factors Associated With A Depressive Episode. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/08/3-risk-factors-associated-with-a-depressive-episode/

 

Last updated: 29 Aug 2017
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