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What are the symptoms of mania in children and teens?

The symptoms of mania in children and teenagers include an elevated or elated mood that lasts four to five days, as well as a gradual need for less sleep while still being very energized. Other symptoms of mania include the child or teenager talking fast and having racing thoughts. Children and teenagers experiencing a manic episode may also exhibit a gradual interest in sex and could become preoccupied with grandiose ideas or superpowers.
 
Mania in children and adolescents is different than mania seen in adults, and many symptoms of mania are developmentally appropriate in certain age groups and/or overlap with other common childhood mental disorders. Symptoms of mania in children and adolescents include:
  • euphoric or expansive mood
  • irritability
  • grandiosity
  • decreased need for sleep
  • pressured speech
  • flight of ideas/racing thoughts
  • distractibility
  • increased goal directed activity in social, academic, or sexual arena/psychomotor agitation
  • increased involvement in pleasurable activities or activities with high potential for harm

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