For the past week, I’ve enjoyed a hypomanic episode while my medication is tweaked.  But the last two days, I’ve felt as if the upper resp crud that’s been attacking since Thanksgiving is trying to make a comeback.  And I think it’s also been squelching my delicious hypomania.

So, a little research was in order.  And, was I ever surprised to find this:

H1N1, Swine Flu, May Compromise Bipolar Disorder in Mental Health Patients

While mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, do not cause H1N1 risks to rise, they can delay your recovery by suppressing your immune system further. For this reason, be sure to discuss your bipolar treatment with your doctor to ensure you are given the best possible outcome.

Once your infection of swine flu has resolved, you will want to make an appointment with your mental health professional to have an evaluation done to determine if your bipolar disorder medications are still working properly. Typically, once resolved, H1N1 will not have long term affects on the bipolar condition. However, the reverse is true in that your H1N1 may be delayed in recover when your mental health is not ideal. For this reason, your mental health professional may need to collaborate your treatment with your primary care doctor.

I’m a bipolar newbie, so I didn’t pay much attention to articles like this when they were first published. The more I read about how colds, flu, upper resp and antibiotics affect bipolar people, the more I am convinced the mood swings of the last 3 days are a product of my silly URI.

Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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