Do You Suffer from Mania?
What is Mania?
Mania, also known as manic syndrome, can be understood as the polar opposite of depression. Mania are thrilling feelings of extreme happiness and feeling invincible. At first, it may seem like an exciting emotion, however, people who experience mania may also experience restlessness and make poor decisions. Some first-hand accounts of mania will also report that they “ended up in the hospital” during their manic episode due to dangerous behaviors.
There are varying degrees of mania that you can be diagnosed with depending on the severity of symptoms and how often you experience an episode.
Mania can feel enlightening and ecstatic. Some people describe it as the “good part” of their disorder. However, people who experience Mania also say that the “higher” they feel, the stronger the feelings of depression are after the episode is over.
What are symptoms of Mania?
Though the extreme feeling of happiness can feel addictive, it is important to remember that manic episodes are temporary and usually are followed by a hard “fall” into depressive symptoms. There are a few observable characteristics you can experience during an episode of mania.
Symptoms of Mania include the following:
- Racing Thoughts
- Talking rapidly
- Extreme Happiness
- Feeling invincible
- Risky behavior
- Feeling time has slowed down
- Feeling like everyone is arguing with you or are wrong
- Feeling grandiose, hyper-confident
- Unable to sleep
- Obsession over a “random” passion
What can you do if you experience Mania?
If you experience Mania, you may need to speak to a mental health professional about managing symptoms.
Some self-care management to put in place are:
- Reliable support system– A strong and reliable support system is important for managing mania. A support system can ensure that you are safe and unable to act on any dangerous impulses. Psychoeducation is also necessary for your support network to understand your mania and know how to help during your episodes.
- Creative outlets– Creative outlets can be a healthy way to manage a manic episode because it allows you to express what you are feeling in a safe and artistic way. It is also a way to keep your mind preoccupied and concentrate your energy in a positive way.
- Calming Activities- Keep a routine of calming activities you can rely on when experiencing a manic episode. This can help manage your “highs” and bring you back to baseline. However, this is extremely challenging during an episode, especially if you are alone.
- Mood tracking– Those who have experienced mania also recommend tracking your moods daily to see patterns. You can keep mood track through journaling. If you’re not much of a writer, there are mood tracking journals that account for your mood through colors. There are also apps that you can try as an easy, convenient way to track your mood every day.
- Avoid stimulating foods and drinks– To manage mania, refrain from caffeine, alcohol, or substance abuse that can elevate your mood and heart rate. It is best to cut these stimulants out of your diet completely to manage all aspects of well-being. However, it is especially important during an episode of mania.