Anger can be a monumental bipolar trigger. When someone wrongs you, whether it be lying, cheating, hurtful words, breaking of trust, or unkindness. These are all circumstances that can trigger massive bipolar manic and depressive episodes.
We can respond in three ways: depression, mania, indifference. I personally am usually triggered straight to hyper-mania or mania and block the stressor out so much that I become cold to the world. I create a shell around myself, unable to be cracked by anyone or anything.
I am accustomed to coping with depression that sometimes the anger feels like a welcome escape. At least I feel alive instead of the dead feeling that comes with depression. At times, I will hold onto that anger like a dog with a bone. Not wanting to create a vulnerability which will inevitably induce a depression once again. A kind of defense mechanism I suppose.
How can we reshape the mania or depression in a healthy way? I wish I had a clear cut answer. However, bipolar or not, forgiveness and moving on are eminently difficult for most.
Personally, I turn to prayer, serving others, or putting my excess energy or anger toward physical activities. Focusing my mind and body on anything other than my problems helps immensely.
What are tools or tactics you use to reign in bipolar triggers?