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  1. Bipolar Disorder: Helping Someone During a Manic Episode - Topic Overview

    You may feel frustrated around a person with bipolar disorder who is having a manic episode. The high energy level can be tiring or even frightening. The person may also actually enjoy the mania and may not take medications,which can prolong the episode. In addition,the person may say and do unusual or hurtful things. You can help during a manic episode by doing the following: Spend time ...

  2. Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes

    The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take-or help a loved one take-to recognize and better manage manic episodes.Learn the warning signs of a manic episode and get early treatment to avoid disruption in your life.At the same time each day, record your mood and any symptoms.Take medicines as ...

  3. Bipolar Disorder: Manic Episodes - Topic Overview

    Some mood disorders are characterized by manic episodes,periods of abnormally high energy. Behavior may be diagnosed as a manic episode if: An abnormal and continuously elevated (happy or energetic) mood or an irritable mood occurs and lasts at least 5 days. During this elevated or irritable mood,at least three of the following symptoms are present: Inflated self-esteem or unrealistic ...

  4. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - Topic Overview

    Hypomanic episodes can occur in people who have mood disorders. Hypomanic episodes are less severe than manic episodes,although a hypomanic episode can still interfere with your ability to function properly. Hypomania may be diagnosed if: A distinct period of elevated or irritable mood occurs in which the mood is clearly different from a regular nondepressed mood. Three or more of the ...

  5. Resources

    Resources and information on Bipolar Disorder.

  6. Living a Healthy Life With Bipolar Disorder

    Learn about living with bipolar disorder.

  7. 10 Questions to Ask About Treating Bipolar Mania

    If you're talking to your doctor about treating bipolar mania, here are 10 questions you may want to ask you doctor and why they are important.

  8. Hypomania and Mania Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder

    Information about the bipolar disorder symptoms of mania and hypomania.

  9. Bipolar Disorder: Treatments for Bipolar Mania

    Bipolar disorder affects more than 2 million Americans, but targeted treatments are helping many function well with this condition. Learn about treatments for bipolar mania.

  10. Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder

    If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder, learn the signs and trigger of mood swings and how to prevent them.

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