The manic state is the most intense and dramatic symptoms of bipolar. Not everyone with bipolar disorder will have mania. However, this manic state is the most dangerous mood states a bipolar person can have.
A manic mood is a mood that slowly reaches a manic state. The mood state of a bipolar person will start with being in a good mood. They can be very focused and clear thinking. Often in this state a bipolar person will feel quite ok and normal during this state and the slow increase towards mania. Thoughts will go from clear thinking to fast thoughts, often called “racing thoughts”. Clear thinking goes from a focused state to jumping from topic to topic mentally. Speech will often speed up as well. This can take place over several days. A frequent symptom of being in a fast thinking manic state is spending sprees. Often the person in this state is not thinking of the financial concerns such as having to later pay for the bills or running out of money for future expenses such as rent or a car payment. Abuse of alcohol or drugs is also common.
In the manic state typical sleep and eating habits can change. Their thoughts will be racing and the though to just sit and have a complete meal is not a concern.
Thoughts are often in the instant pleasure needs and not the later consequences.
It is in the manic state the person with bipolar fluctuates between feeling really good to being easily irritated. The irritation is often due to the inability to “slow down” their racing thoughts. This state of mania is the most visible to others who interact with the bipolar person.
Some of the symptoms of mania include: euphoric mood, very focused thoughts, fast speech, irritability, anger, rage, short temper.
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