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Why You Must Recognize Mania Early in Bipolar Disorder

 

Why You Must Recognize Mania Early in Bipolar Disorder

Why You Must Recognize Mania Early in Bipolar Disorder

I have a loved one diagnosed with manic bipolar.  With bipolar disorder, mood swings are extreme, and mania can appear at any moment. It is important for you to recognize the early warning signs of mania because it can create multiple problems and lead to lasting damage to your loved one and your relationship. People with bipolar disorder alternate between mania and depression, and you must remain vigilant.  Although my loved one is on medication for Bipolar, I am constantly on guard when he swings with his moods.  It’s not easy but they don’t recognize it.

What is Mania?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mania is characterized by feelings of elation, extreme joy, increased activity, insomnia and agitation. Someone who is in the mania stage will talk quickly, stop sleeping, do multiple activities, feel irritated and act jumpy. Although these behaviors may not be destructive alone, the danger with mania is that it can lead to risky activities which can lead to big problems.  And I mean BIG problems.

The Risks of Mania

One of the biggest issues with manic episodes in bipolar patients is that they will go to extremes and take risks or engage in reckless behavior. For example, they may spend enormous amounts of money on things they do not need or try dangerous drugs and alcohol as an experiment. They may engage in sexual experiences they would never usually think of.  They may also lash out and pick fights with the people near them. In severe cases, they may have delusions and hallucinations that lead them to react violently.

The Importance of Vigilance

By noticing the early signs of mania, you may be able to help a bipolar loved one or friend from taking serious risks and making the situation worse. The Mayo Clinic mentions that paying attention to warning signs can be a proactive approach to dealing with the condition. You may have to get your or your loved ones doctor involved, change medications or take more drastic steps such as hospitalization.

Mania is a part of bipolar disorder, so you have to understand the signs and prevent it from escalating. Vigilance is an important ingredient in your battle to save yourself and/or your loved ones.

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  1. 1
    Deborah Caudill

    Thanks for the great information on mania. I have thought for a long time that my mother and brother were bipolar, but doctors diagnosed them with depression. My mom is 92 and when she’s manic she has more energy than my very active son. My brother gets so angry and lives with mom and takes it out on her. It is very distressing to me to not know how to help them. My sister and I were adopted and have no depression, but it is heartbreaking to see them go through these mood swings that they seem to be totally unaware that they are experiencing.

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      Colleen

      That is hard Deborah to watch as they go through all the mood swings. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bonnie Lee

    There’s so many different aspects to this disorder. My mom, sister, and brother suffer from bipolar disorder. It’s rough sometimes with super lows and weird happy highs. Medication is key, and even then if a level is down it throws everything a loop. My mom is manic bipolar depressive, and there have been many times that things have not been good to say the least. Very irrational thinking makes it stressful, but trying to stay positive and talking through things with her helps a lot.

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      Colleen

      Wow Bonnie, you have a rough road with so many family members being bipolar. Yes it is in our family….so I do understand. I agree medication is the key IF they will take it regularly. Be sure to nurture yourself to keep your energy levels high 🙂

  3. 3
    Kimberly “kaflickinger73” Flickinger

    My brother is currently being evaluated for bipolar disorder. thank you for sharing this post.

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      Colleen

      Your welcome Kimberly. How old is your brother? I hope all goes well.

  4. 4
    Sandra A Beeman

    If only life wasn’t so busy and we all had time to track a person’s ‘ moods to keep them safe. A full-time endeavor, for sure.

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      Colleen

      Too much Sandra! But for those of us who live with or know personally someone with bipolar it’s important to recognize the mania because they don’t!

  5. 5
    Kelly

    My son has bipolar and it always amazes me how severe the swings can be for him. Not every cycle. Some cycles are quite mild and barely noticable. However, certain times the swings can be earth shattering. I used to think that the mania was the “better” swing. He was always so much happier. Little did I know there is so much hidden by the smile.

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      Colleen

      I can feel your worry…. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 6
    Terry Poage

    I never knew this about Mania. Thanks for sharing this post.

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      Colleen

      With a family member having manic bipolar…I’m learning alot too 🙂

  7. 7
    Amber Ludwig

    Yes!! Mania can be so self destructive but from the outside look so fun!! Its scary!!

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      Colleen

      It may look fun but it can actually look very very scary! Family and neighbors have it….and let me tell you…I’ve had to drive one to the hospital for crazy talk and behavior. Scary.

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    Bryan Vice

    Bi-polar is a very serious disease

    1. 8.1
      Colleen

      Yes one of the more serious mental health ones. Treatment is a must.

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