What in the bipolar is Mania & 7 Common Symptoms

Topic: Mania

Mania is the primary symptom associated with Bipolar Disorder. Contrary to societal belief, bipolar disorder is so much more than mood swings. In fact it is a chemical brain disorder, not a trivial mood swings matter. 



People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These distinct periods are called “manic episodes.”


Manic episodes are drastically different from the moods and behaviors that are typical for a person.


Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep go along with manic episodes.


For me personally, during a manic episode, it’s generally a pretty amazing feeling. However, depending on the amount of stress I am going through, it can also be a nightmare of irritability, energy draining mood swings, and uncontrollable racing thoughts. There have been times the noise in my head is so unbearable, I’ve had to literally hold my head between the palms of my hand. Praying and wishing the noise could stop.  

7 Common SIgns of mania

  1. Becoming easily distracted
  2. Having overconfidence in your abilities
  3. Feeling overly happy or “high” for long periods of time
  4. Having a decreased need for sleep
  5. Feeling extremely restless or impulsive
  6. Talking very fast; often with racing thoughts
  7. Engaging in risky behavior, such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees



Typically, my mania gets pretty productive. My creativity level will be on 10 and my energy level to match. I honestly feel like there is nothing I can’t accomplish in those moments and I get these feelings of pure elatedness. It really is a high of happiness that is unbelievable. It’s so unbelievable that I can recognize I am in a manic state. It’s also the time I realize that hell is near, and I call that hell, depression.



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