What a manic episode feels like?
A manic episode is an emotional state characterized by a period of at least one week where an elevated, expansive, or unusually irritable mood exists. People describe a manic mood as feeling very euphoric, “on top of the world,” and being able to do or accomplish anything.
How do you know if you have mania?
Mania can cause other symptoms as well, but seven of the key signs of this phase of bipolar disorder are:
- feeling overly happy or “high” for long periods of time.
- having a decreased need for sleep.
- talking very fast, often with racing thoughts.
- feeling extremely restless or impulsive.
- becoming easily distracted.
How do you stop a manic episode?
Managing a manic episode
- Maintain a stable sleep pattern.
- Stay on a daily routine.
- Set realistic goals.
- Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Get help from family and friends.
- Reduce stress at home and at work.
- Keep track of your mood every day.
- Continue treatment.
How long does a manic episode last?
Bipolar I Disorder is defined by manic episodes that last at least seven days (most of the day, nearly every day) or when manic symptoms are so severe that hospital care is needed. Usually, separate depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least two weeks.