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Mania describes a medical
condition characterised by severely elevated mood. Associated with
bipolar disorder, where episodes of mania
alternate with episodes of depression.
(Note: not all mania is bipolar disorder, other diseases can cause mania -
however bipolar disorder is the 'classic' manic disease).
Hypomania refers to a less
severe variant of mania, where there is less loss of control.
Although 'severely elevated mood' sounds pleasant, the
actual experience of mania is usually unpleasant and frightening for the person
involved, and may lead to behavior that they may regret later.
Other manic symptoms include hypersexuality, religiosity, and hyperactivity.
Mania can also be experienced at the same time as
depression, in so-called dysphoric mania.
This has caused speculation amongst doctors that mania and depression are two
independent axes in a bipolar spectrum,
rather than opposites.
Some collective mania (craze) can also take place, as individuals have a tendency to lose their own personality inside a crowd (fads, herding, crowd hysteria)
Categories: Mood disorders
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