What is mania
Mania is a feeling of being extremely 'high', with lots of energy and enthusiasm. It's different from a normal good mood, because the feelings are very intense and go on continuously for a long time.
Mania can appear as part of bipolar disorder, or on its own.
Hypomania is a milder form of mania.
The symptoms of mania
Mania and hypomania symptoms are the same, but hypomania episodes are milder or shorter.
- feeling ‘high' or intense happiness
- increased confidence and energy
- increased irritability and aggression
- heightened senses
- not needing much sleep
- easily distracted
- talking a lot and very fast
- feeling full of ideas
- difficulty relaxing
- being more social
- risky behaviour, like going on a spending spree
- increased sexual desire
- poor judgement
Just because you experience one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re definitely affected by mania. It’s important to talk to your GP to get a full diagnosis.
What to do about mania
Take the first step – if you're experiencing extreme moods, talk to someone you like and trust, like a teacher, relative, counsellor or friend.
You should also see your GP. They may offer to refer you to the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), an expert or a psychiatrist who can help you.
Both mania and bipolar disorder can be easily treated. You might be offered medication or therapy, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
You may be asked to keep a mood diary to help you keep track of any patterns in your mood and triggers like alcohol or stress.
Helplines and services available
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
- Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
- All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
- Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
- If you're in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night.
- Freephone (UK and Republic of Ireland): 116 123 (24 hours)
- Email: [email protected]
- If you're under 19 you can confidentially call, email, or chat online about any problem big or small
Freephone 24h helpline: 0800 1111
- Sign up for a childline account on the website to be able to message a counsellor anytime without using your email address
- Chat 1:1 with an online advisor
- If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat. You can also use their phone counselling service, or get more information on support services you might need.
- Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily)