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Bipolar Disorder, Manic Phase

SYMPTOMS OF MANIC PHASE

In the manic phase of bipolar disorder, feelings of heightened energy, creativity, and euphoria are common. People experiencing a manic episode often talk a mile a minute, sleep very little, and are hyperactive. They may also feel like they’re all-powerful, invincible, or destined for greatness.

But while mania feels good at first, it has a tendency to spiral out of control. People often behave recklessly during a manic episode: gambling away savings, engaging in inappropriate sexual activity, or making foolish business investments, for example. They may also become angry, irritable, and aggressive—picking fights, lashing out when others don’t go along with their plans, and blaming anyone who criticizes their behavior. Some people even become delusional or start hearing voices.

Common signs and symptoms of mania include:
◾ Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable
◾ Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers
◾ Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic
◾ Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up
◾ Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
◾ Highly distractible, unable to concentrate
◾ Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
◾ Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
◾Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)

More to come. Let us pray for those who suffer from this disease.

The Concho Padre

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental illness that causes people to have episodes of severe high and low moods. People who have this illness switch from feeling overly happy and energized to feeling very sad and vice versa. Because of the highs and the lows — or two poles of mood — the condition is referred to as “bipolar” disorder. In between episodes of mood swings, a person may experience normal moods.

The word “manic” describes the periods when the person feels overly excited and confident. These feelings can quickly turn to confusion, irritability, anger, and even rage. The word “depressive” describes the periods when the person feels very sad or depressed. Because the symptoms are similar, sometimes people with bipolar disorder are incorrectly diagnosed as having major depression.

Let us pray for those who suffer from this illness. More to follow.

The Concho Padre

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