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What are the symptoms of mania?

Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry
Symptoms of mania include the following:
  • Elevated mood
  • Scattered thoughts
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Being overly friendly or outgoing
  • Racing thoughts
  • Agitation
  • Spending large amounts of money
  • Driving fast or dangerously
  • Inability to sit still
  • Unsafe sexual practices
  • Rapid, unpredictable emotional changes
  • Socially unacceptable behavior
  • Ignoring responsibilities
  • Feeling paranoid
  • Little need for food
  • Increased sociability
  • Verbal or physical aggression
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increase in activity
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Irritability
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Talking very fast
  • Inability to relax
  • Physically aching all over
  • Thrill seeking
  • Lack of control
  • Shoplifting
  • Excessive energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Confused thoughts
  • Seeing, hearing, or otherwise sensing things that aren't there
If you think you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of mania, you should see a medical professional as soon as possible.
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Characteristic symptoms of mania include:
  • Inappropriate elation
  • Inappropriate irritability
  • Severe insomnia
  • Grandiose notions
  • Increased talking
  • Disconnected and racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Distractibility, can't concentrate well
  • Spending sprees
  • Inappropriate social behavior
  • Euphoric mood
  • Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behavior
  • Lack of insight into the condition

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