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Mania and hypomania

What is mania?

Mania is a feeling of being extremely 'high', with lots of energy and enthusiasm. It's different from a normal good mood, because the feelings are very intense and go on continuously for a long time.

Mania can appear as part of bipolar disorder, or on its own.

Hypomania is a milder form of mania.

Find out more about bipolar disorder
When I have a manic episode I can’t sleep for days, my head starts racing with lots of thoughts and it affects my behaviour and mental health.

The symptoms of mania

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Mania and hypomania symptoms are the same, but hypomania episodes are milder or shorter.

Just because you experience one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re definitely affected by mania. It’s important to talk to your GP to get a full diagnosis.

How to speak to your GP
  • feeling ‘high' or intense happiness
  • increased confidence and energy
  • increased irritability and aggression
  • heightened senses
  • not needing much sleep
  • getting easily distracted
  • talking a lot and very fast
  • feeling full of ideas
  • difficulty relaxing
  • being more social
  • risky behaviour, like going on a spending spree
  • increased sexual desire
  • poor judgement

Getting help and support for mania and hypomania

If you're experiencing extreme moods, talk to someone you like and trust, like a teacher, relative, counsellor or friend.

You should also see your GP. They may offer to refer you to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), an expert or a psychiatrist who can help you.

Remember that you are not alone - help is available.

Reaching out for help
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There is always light at the end of the tunnel. You will get through this with the help of family, friends, your counsellor, your psychiatrist and a good support network.

Treating mania

Both mania and bipolar disorder can be easily treated. You might be offered medication or therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

You may be asked to keep a mood diary to help you keep track of any patterns in your mood and triggers like alcohol or stress.

Find out more about medication
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For others, stability is the norm, but it’s not usually like that for us, and that’s ok. Just because we need more support to ensure a stable mood doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
Caitlin, 20
The most stable I became was when taking that particular medication. My mood, which was swinging rather violently at the time, became more manageable, and the scarily fast pace of life I seemed to be living, did appear to slow down.

Get help now

If you're worried about your mood or feeling out of control you are not alone. Here are some organisations who can support you.

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