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What is the problem with mania in bipolar disorder?

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Mania can be seductive. You might feel more energized, creative, and interesting. You might be able to get tons of work done. So what's the problem?

Manic phases often turn destructive. You might wipe out your savings account on a shopping spree. You might have affairs that ruin your marriage. Most dangerous of all, mania can make you do things that risk your life or the lives of others. And it’s often followed by depression.

Although mania can feel good at the moment, in the long run, you'll be happier, healthier, more productive, and more successful if you can keep a stable mood.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). 

American Psychiatric Association. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. The Lancet, Jan. 19, 2002. 

Kaufman, K. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, June, 2003.

Compton, M. Depression and Bipolar Disorder, ACP Medicine.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 11, 2020

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). 

American Psychiatric Association. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. The Lancet, Jan. 19, 2002. 

Kaufman, K. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, June, 2003.

Compton, M. Depression and Bipolar Disorder, ACP Medicine.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 11, 2020

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