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A guide for young people Mania and hypomania

If you think you might have mania or hypomania, you're not alone. Find out more about the condition and what to do if you're affected by it.

What is mania?

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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

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

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

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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.

Reaching out for help

Treating mania

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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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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.

  • YoungMinds Textline

    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.

    Opening times:
    24/7
  • Samaritans

    Whatever you're going through, you can contact the Samaritans for support.

    Opening times:
    24/7
  • Childline

    If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.

    Sign up for a free Childline locker (real name or email address not needed) to use their free 1-2-1 counsellor chat and email support service.

    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.

    Opening times:
    9am - midnight, 365 days a year
  • The Mix

    Offers support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them.

    Email support available via their online contact form.

    Free 1-2-1 webchat service available.

    Free short-term counselling service available.

    Opening times:
    4pm - 11pm, seven days a week