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What are symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder?

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Some people with bipolar disorder become psychotic, or lose touch with reality -- for example, hearing things that aren't there. They may hold onto false beliefs, too. They might think they have superhuman skills and powers, even considering themselves to be god-like.

  • Have lots of energy
  • Feel high or wired
  • Have racing thoughts
  • Talk fast
  • Take more risks
  • Need less sleep than usual to feel rested
  • Have more distractions than usual
  • Have intense senses, such as smell and touch

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program: “Understanding bipolar disorder: Frequently asked questions.”

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Health Service: “Understanding Mania and Hypomania.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program: “Understanding bipolar disorder: Frequently asked questions.”

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Health Service: “Understanding Mania and Hypomania.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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