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.
The symptoms of mania
Here are some common symptoms of mania and hypomania:
- 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
What to do about mania
Take the first step
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.
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Where to get help
If you're worried about your mood or feeling out of control you are not alone. Here are some organisations who can support you.
Text YM to 85258.
Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.
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If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.
Can provide a BSL interpreter if you are deaf or hearing-impaired.
Hosts online message boards where you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.
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