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How can you recognize mania in bipolar disorder?

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If you have bipolar disorder and are having a manic episode, you might be very energetic, get very little sleep because you're so wired, and find yourself talking faster because your thoughts are racing. You might feel like the world's best multitasker. You might also take risks that you normally wouldn't take. Examples could include going on a spending spree or driving recklessly.

Sometimes this kind of behavior is easy to spot, but not always. That's especially true if you have a milder form of a high, called hypomania. You might feel good, be happy that you're extra energetic, and think that you're just being productive. Friends and family members may be better able to notice that you're acting out of character.

From: Bipolar Disorder or Depression? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder;" "Depression Statistics."

Mayo Clinic: "Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder;" "Depression."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder;" "Depression Statistics."

Mayo Clinic: "Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder;" "Depression."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

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