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
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The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder mania are as follows:
  • Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
  • Excessively high, overly good, euphoric mood
  • Extreme irritability
  • Racing thoughts and very fast talking that jumps from one idea to another so that others having difficulty following your thinking
  • Distractibility, inability to concentrate well, or shifts of attention among many topics in just a few minutes
  • Needing little sleep yet possessing much energy
  • Having an inflated feeling of power, greatness, or importance or an unrealistic sense of your abilities
  • Poor judgment
  • Going on spending sprees
  • Engaging in unusual behavior over a long period
  • Increased sexual drive and risky sexual behavior
  • Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
  • Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
  • Denial that anything is wrong
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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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