Bipolar disorder is characterized by significant shifts in mood, energy, concentration, and impacts on daily life. Bipolar I disorder is specifically defined by manic episodes, which many people know but may not know their specifics. This lack of misunderstanding can lead to unfair stigmas or assumptions about those that experience mania. By breaking down the manic episodes, we can decrease this stigma, and more individuals can get the help they need regarding their condition. Here is an in-depth look at manic episodes of bipolar I disorder.

What is Mania?

Mania is a common symptom of bipolar I disorder that can result in various symptoms. These symptoms typically include hyperactivity, delusions, intense moods, and an unprecedented feeling of euphoria. Those that experience mania can engage in impulsivity and reckless behavior, sometimes requiring hospitalization. Health problems can arise since those experiencing a manic episode may have a decreased appetite or need for sleep. Bipolar I disorder is diagnosed when manic episodes last a minimum of seven days or the individual requires hospitalization due to a manic episode.

Risks of Manic Episodes

Because of the euphoria those experiencing mania often feel, they may engage in impulsive and risky behavior. Such behavior may include having reckless sex, spending significant amounts of money, or drinking excessively. These behaviors can put the person’s health, well-being, and even life at risk. Some individuals may feel as though they are unusually powerful or unbreakable, so they will do risky stunts or activities that can threaten their health or life. The disorder can also be exacerbated by substance abuse, which can cause the person to fall into a vicious cycle of addiction. For these reasons, it is crucial for those with manic episodes to seek professional help to get the proper diagnosis and treatment to live a happy, healthy, and productive life.

Manic episodes are a key symptom of bipolar I disorder, but many people do not understand exactly what they are. This lack of understanding can result in false diagnoses, avoidance of care, and unfair stigmas from the general public. Alta Loma Transformational Services knows how challenging it can be to understand your mental health, so we want to provide comprehensive resources to educate others on the subject. We also offer comprehensive treatment for men of all ages and backgrounds, helping them get the treatment they need to be successful in recovery. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.