This article is concise, informative and to the point. I personally thought this was one of the better articles I’ve read on bipolar disorder and mental health on campus.
The rituals of college—making new friends, studying until dawn, excessive partying—can stress out any young adult. But students with bipolar disorder, or those at risk for the condition, are even more vulnerable in a college environment. Academic pressures, social concerns, and sleep disruptions can lead to bouts of depression as well as mania, the euphoric, revved-up state characteristic of bipolar disorder. Without the right treatment and support, bipolar college students face higher dropout rates, drug and alcohol abuse, and even suicide.
The article cited Russell Federman, PhD, the director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia student health center. He has a forthcoming book, Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult’s Guide to Dealing With Bipolar Disorder. He writes about the “four S’s of bipolar stability”: structure, stress management, sleep management, and self-monitoring. This framework entails setting—and sticking to—a regular schedule of studying and sleep, and learning to recognize the signs that you are beginning to drift into mania or hypomania. I needed to be reminded of that structure, so I thought these “S”s were rather helpful.