Anything could trigger an episode for me, especially when I make things up in my mind. I remember when someone would say something to me, and it would be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. This is even true when the other person didn’t have bad intentions, but just expressed what they had on their mind. I guess it’s true when people say your mind can play tricks on you.
When I kept things inside, I would play the conversation over again, coming up with different scenarios, some of which would drive me absolutely crazy. Years after, I learned the solution to this problem was very simple. I should have communicated my thoughts more actively because that way, I would get the true intentions behind what the other person was really saying. Over the last 16 years, I have actively made it my mission to find constructive ways to cope with bipolar through lifestyle changes, i.e., exercise, meditation, communication, dieting, and even motivational coaching.