Mania, sometimes referred to as a bipolar disorder, is characterized by dramatic mood swings and mood episodes that do not follow a pattern. A person with mania may experience the same mood state for several weeks to years. Severity of mania varies from one person to another. Symptoms of mania are:
• Periods of unusually high energy and mood
• Needing less sleep
• Talking very rapidly or excessively
• Rapid thought process
• Tendency to show poor judgement
• Inflated self-esteem
• Reckless behavior
HOW IS MANIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Mania depends on specific symptoms and a complete psychological examination. There are no lab tests for diagnosing Mania, but psychiatrists perform a physical examination and evaluate your symptoms. Your family and medical history is also evaluated. Lab tests may be performed to rule out other illnesses
HOW IS MANIA TREATED?
Treatment suggested for mania is usually a combination of medications and counselling. Other treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are often successful for people with very severe symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mania is the Greek word for madness. It is derived from maimai, to rave in anger. The Maniai in Greek mythology were the Furies who pursued those who had done unavenged crimes and drove them to madness.