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Understanding the Manic Phase of Bipolar Disorder

The term “bipolar disorder” has, unfortunately, seeped into our everyday vocabulary, sometimes carelessly used to describe the highs and lows of life. But for those who actually experience it, bipolar disorder is a complex neurological condition that involves not only common mood swings but also periods of extreme high or irritable moods. This high is called the manic phase of bipolar disorder and is a critical aspect of the condition that demands understanding, not stereotype. To learn more about bipolar disorder treatment, call us today at 304.410.0082.

What Is the Manic Phase of Bipolar Disorder?

The manic phase is a defining characteristic of bipolar disorder. Intense happiness, excessive energy, or sometimes, extreme irritability are its key characteristics. Picture a mind powered by the core of a thousand suns—it races with ideas, doesn’t need sleep, and often pursues risky behaviors.

During a manic episode, individuals can experience flights of ideas, talking rapidly about numerous topics, and feeling a lack of need to sleep. The intensity of the emotions often leads them to start ambitious projects that they may not have the time or ability to finish.

Effects on Individuals

The phase carries with it a spectrum of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. But make no mistake, even the mildest manic episodes can create a disruptive wake through one’s personal life and relationships.

For some, the intense energy during mania propels them to great success at work or in school, at least for a while. However, this is often short-lived, as the inability to maintain a balanced lifestyle during the manic phase eventually leads to burnout.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

It’s crucial for individuals and their support systems to recognize the common signs and symptoms of mania. These can include:

  • A heightened sense of self-esteem
  • Racing thoughts and fast-talking
  • Increased agitation or irritability
  • Poor judgment, such as making business decisions without thought

The onset of mania may be slow, with symptoms often starting to build before reaching a peak. Recognizing these signs early can help in managing and mitigating the potential damage a full-blown manic episode can cause.

Management and Support

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but the manic phase can be managed effectively with a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Medications like mood stabilizers and, in some cases, antipsychotics can help reduce the intensity of the manic episode, while therapy can provide invaluable tools for the individual to recognize triggers and manage their condition.

For many, the support of family and friends is an essential part of their management plan. Loved ones can play a significant role in recognizing when the individual is experiencing mania and help them take the necessary steps to manage it effectively.

Get Help Today With Harmony

It’s a misfortune that a stigma still shrouds mental health conditions, making it difficult for many to reach out and seek the support they need. Fortunately, the mental health professionals at Harmony provide compassionate, non-judgmental care. By breaking down that barrier, it empowers those with bipolar disorder to seek and receive the help they deserve.

If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of mania or bipolar disorder, do not shy away from seeking professional help at Harmony. Bipolar disorder can be challenging to live with, but with proper management, individuals can lead fulfilling, successful lives.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.