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A 19-year-old female asked:

What exactly is mania?how is it different from depression?the doctor says i'm not bipolar but i think i am.i get violent when i'm angry.

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Mania is at the: Opposite end of the spectrum from depression. It is marked by extreme hyperactivity, e.g., not sleeping, being loud, maybe spending a lot of money or giving things away w/out thinking. Please see a mental health professional for anger management and mood disorder. Peace and good health.
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Symptoms: If you were to think of depression as unnatural sadness due to its severity, persistence, and dysfunction you could then consider mania as unnatural happiness. Mania can be characterized by euphoria and/or irritability with other associated symptoms including decreased need for sleep, excessive energy, impulsivity, and rapid speech and thought.

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Last updated Sep 16, 2015

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