What is the mania that occurs in bipolar disorder?

Manic and depressive episodes can occur at one time in what is called a mixed episode. During this, a person experiences symptoms of both extremes during the same episode. For example, someone might cry during a feeling of extreme happiness. This cycle of feelings must go on nearly every day for a week to be classified as a mixed episode.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Mania is one of the common symptoms of bipolar disorder. Mania describes the "high" periods, when a person may exhibit emotions and behaviors such as: excitability, extreme self-confidence and optimism, agitation or irritability, grandiose thoughts, such as believing you are rich, famous, or powerful, engaging in risky activities, and delusions and hallucinations. There are different types of bipolar disorder. Some feature more intense manic episodes than others.
Mania is a period of high mood or extremely irritable mood together with a markedly reduced need for sleep and some of the following: increased sex drive, unrealistic grandiose ideas about one's abilities, rapid speech, or increased impulsivity.

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