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 or go on 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.