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What is mania?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Mania is Charlie Sheen-exaggerated feelings of self worth. It is a symptom of bipolar disorder that sparks intense feelings that last almost all day for two or three weeks or even longer. You feel like you can do the work of three people (and sometimes even do it!). It also affects your behavior. You can feel like you are on Cloud 9, but at the same time you can also be agitated or irritable. You may even talk a mile a minute or try to do a lot of things at once, including things you typically wouldn’t or shouldn’t do (like spending a lot of money, talking to random people on the street, or engaging in risky sexual activity). Your “wired” feeling may also make it hard for you to rest and sleep. If you or someone you know is suffering from a manic episode, continue medication but call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.

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