Mania and depression are two main parts of bipolar disorder. Manic episodes can create pure chaos in a persons life and lead to impulsive, sometimes fatal decisions.
According to Psych Central, the definition of a manic episode is (resource- psychcentral):
A manic episode is characterized by period of at least 1 week where an elevated, expansive or unusually irritable mood, as well as notably persistent goal-directed activity is present. The mood disturbance associated with manic symptoms should be observable by others (e.g., friends or relatives of the individual) and must be uncharacteristic of the individual’s usual state/behavior. These feelings must be sufficiently severe to cause difficulty or impairment in occupational, social, educational or other important functioning. Symptoms also cannot be the result of substance use or abuse (e.g., alcohol, drugs, medications) or caused by a general medical condition. Three or more of the following symptoms must be present:
- Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
- Decreased need for sleep (e.g., one feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep)
- More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
- Flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing
- Attention is easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant items
- Increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation
- Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
Mania is definitely part of my bipolar disorder and occurs in stages, as sited above. Mania leads to my actions being excessively talkative, enjoying to joke around too much and not being able to focus on a thought for more than seconds. Loved ones and family members can identify my manic episodes by observing my behaviors and telling me when I seem to be in those stages. Years ago, before being properly medicated, I did not have any in between with my manic and depressive episodes. It used to be all or nothing. Now that I have sought proper treatment for my addiction disorder and my bipolar disorder, I am able to manage my behaviors and actions. The one thing people need to understand is, often, a person with bipolar disorder is not able to identify when they are in excessive, rapid swings. I can also state that, I enjoy being manic, but others around me do not. When I feel manic, I feel empowered to be able to do anything and complete anything. I am definitely more confident in my sharp words and actions. It is critical in the proper treatment of bipolar disorder to seek treatment to be properly treated for this chemical disorder. I am able to live a successful life with bipolar disorder because I use it to provide me with individual strengths.
Here is a list of resources that will help you identify and manage bipolar disorder: