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Old 09-18-17, 06:55 AM
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Re: Substance abuse as a trigger for bi polarity?

I don't think there's really a consensus, even within the scientific community, but there's evidence that it can go both ways:

People who are in the prodromal (early, pre-full-on-emergence) stages of bipolar disorder are more likely to use/abuse substances.

Use/abuse of some drugs (including stimulants like ADHD medications, meth, or ecstasy) may indeed trigger manic or depressive episodes as a result of the drug use. In some cases, where the person had no predisposition to develop one of these disorders otherwise, stimulant-induced psychosis, mania, or other side effects may be a one-time thing that resolves after the substance use stops. In other people, they may not be.

When people have bipolar disorder or another condition that can cause psychosis, it's usually recommended to stabilize that condition before trying stimulants because there is a risk that stimulants will throw moods or state of mind out-of-whack.
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