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What is the problem with mania in bipolar disorder?

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When people with bipolar disorder are depressed, they almost always know that something is wrong. Nobody likes feeling that way.

But it's different for people who are manic. Often, they don't think anything is wrong. Or if they notice a difference in their mood and personality, they think it's an improvement.

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.

From: Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

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

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

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

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

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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