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Imagine being "too happy." But when mania strikes, the fun only lasts for so long. Then the person’s life can be trashed by behaviors that can cost them their businesses, their jobs, their friends, their money, and their health.

These days, mania is diagnosed as "Bipolar Disorder," reflecting the usual course of the syndrome, which tends to include both the extreme highs of mania and the depths of depression.

Fortunately, this disorder is not very common, occurring in less than 2% of the population, and it usually responds well to pharmacological treatment.

Symptoms of Mania

Common symptoms of mania are described below.

  • Persistently feeling unusually happy, euphoric, powerful, capable, invincible, irritable, or angry
  • Inflated self-esteem, unrealistically high self-appraisal, or beliefs that are grandiose
  • Needing much less sleep than usual
  • Racing thoughts that are hard to keep up with or to express clearly to others
  • Being easily distracted, unable to complete one task, thought, or conversation because other things pull your attention away
  • More talkative than usual, or others can’t get a word in because you talk so much and so fast
  • Excessive energy, or unable to sit still
  • Excessive involvement in work, school, social activities, sexual activities, etc.
  • High-risk, high-cost behaviors, such as spending sprees, foolish investments, impulsive sexual encounters, etc.

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The Role of the Psychologist

Psychologists can diagnose the manic episode and refer for medications (the primary treatment for this disorder). In addition, psychologists offer psychotherapy to help the person with Bipolar Disorder adjust to the illness, cope effectively, handle losses that occur due to the illness, and comply with medications.

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Disclaimer:  You know, we see a disclaimer like this in every ad that lawyers put out, and it probably is a good idea for us to use one, too:  "No representation is made that the quality of the psychological services to be performed is greater than the quality of psychological services performed by other psychologists.  The outcome of assessments or psychotherapy, or individual client satisfaction, cannot be guaranteed and is dependent on many factors.  Material on this site regarding symptoms, disorders, and treatment is informational only.  Diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders requires the expertise of a trained professional."

The information on this site regarding psychological disorders and treatment comes from many sources that cannot be credited, simply because they have been integrated over the years into our general knowledge base. However, one important source is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (1994) published by the American Psychiatric Association.