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I was asked at a recent workshop if caffeine can induce a manic episode.  I wasn’t sure so I did some reading.  In a nutshell, I discovered that research in this regard is limited…more is needed.  However, there have been case studies, which have shown that caffeine can cause a relapse of mania.  This is through more of an indirect mode in that it disrupts normal sleep patterns.  Caffeine alone will not cause Bipolar Disorder.  However, people with this condition ought to limit their intake so as to limit the effect that it has on their sleeping patterns as insufficient sleep could trigger an episode or exacerbate an episode.

I welcome your input and any other questions on the topic of bipolar disorder.