Signs and Symptoms of a Manic Episode

Before going into my own crazy story about my struggles with bipolar disorder I want you to understand what can happen during a manic episode. I experienced pretty much all of these symptoms and I want to go through and share with you my personal experience with each symptom which tells a pretty crazy story.

 

Signs and symptoms of a manic episode include:

  • Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
  • Excessively “high,” overly good, euphoric mood
  • Extreme irritability
  • Racing thoughts and talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another
  • Distractibility, can’t concentrate well
  • Little sleep needed
  • Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers
  • Poor judgment
  • Spending sprees
  • A lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
  • Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
  • Denial that anything is wrong.

A manic episode is diagnosed if elevated mood occurs with 3 or more of the other symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for 1 week or longer. If the mood is irritable, 4 additional symptoms must be present.

My 1st manic episode back in 2008 lasted for months and during that episode I had ALL of these symptoms. If you or anyone else you know has bipolar disorder and needs help please contact me and I will try my best to help. Contact me on Facebook or at a.c.helbling@gmail.com.

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