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What are symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder?

The symptoms of mania or manic episodes in bipolar disorder include:
  • an elevated, expansive, overly joyful, overly silly or irritable mood
  • a decreased need for sleep
  • racing thoughts
  • rapid speech
  • inflated self-esteem or "grandiosity"
  • excessive involvement in pleasurable but risky activities
  • increased physical or mental activity and energy
  • an increase in sexual ideation or interest
  • a decrease in the ability to concentrate and stay focused

Bipolar disorder is characterized by changes in mood from very highs, or mania, to very lows, or depression. Everyone experiences changes in mood. Sometimes we are happy and at other times sad, but in bipolar disorder people experience changes in mood that are more severe. Below are the warning signs of high mood or mania.

  • High energy
  • Feeling great (euphoria)
  • Creativity
  • Excited talking
  • Hyperactivity
  • Don't feel the need for sleep
  • Impulsivity or recklessness
  • Lacking in insight and judgment
  • Quick temper

These early signs are critical. It is important to talk with trusted friends or family members and to consult a mental health professional to avoid what people have called "spiralling down" into severe depression.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.