One of the hallmarks of bipolar disorder is Manic Depressive. The term “mania” in the medical sense is used to describe a bipolar person’s state of mind during a manic episode. During this time, paranoia and anxiety run rampant in a person’s mind and can lead to psychosis as well as risky, potentially dangerous behavior.
However, at the time it may not seem to people observing the person that anything is the matter at all. In people with bipolar disorder, mania can seem like they are simply experiencing a happier time than they were a short while ago. It may seem like they just have more energy, a marked increase in self-confidence, and a desire to engage in “fun” activities. The other side of the coin is that this increase in energy can also lead to risky activities and behaviors that are not only undesirable but potentially harmful.
Warning Signs of a Manic Episode
Early signs that a manic episode may be coming can be hard to spot. As previously mentioned, an increase in energy and improved mood may just seem like a person who was feeling down a little bit ago is now up the upswing. People with Manic Depressive that experience mania may not always seem at first like something is wrong. Knowing the warning signs that people with psychological disorder exhibit before slipping into a manic episode can help the person, as well as their friends and loved ones manage the episode. Early warning signs can include increased talkativeness, increased energy, drastically improved mood and engaging in activities that could be considered risky or dangerous.
The Height of a Manic Episode
For a person with bipolar disorder mania can end up being a very dangerous state of being. The height of a manic episode can very closely resemble extreme forms of psychosis and the paranoia associated with it can end up leading to thoughts of suicide or suicidal actions. When a person with Manic Depressive reaches the height of their mania incredibly risky behaviors begin to emerge. The problem is that as with most psychological disorders the person in question may not be aware of how risky their behavior is or that their state of mind is being affected by their bipolar disorder. This can lead to extremely risky behaviors stemming from an increased sense of self-confidence ranging from almost compulsive promiscuous sex to taking unnecessary risks while driving to substance abuse and a host of other strange and dangerous actions.
Coping With Bipolar Disorder and Mania
For people with psychological disorders, learning the cope with the symptoms of their condition is the first step toward effectively managing it. As far as symptoms of Manic Depressive go, mania can be one of the most difficult to cope with. Since it involves a high degree of not-so-clear thinking it can be hard for people in a manic episode to understand that their behavior is dangerous and prevent themselves from acting in such a way. However, with proper medication and a healthy network of support from professionals and loved ones, sufferers of bipolar disorder and mania can learn to manage their condition.