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Do those who have bipolar disorder enjoy being manic?

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Dr. Emma Rishton
12 years experience in Clinical Psychology
It's complicated: The short answer is yes, it feels good for people with bipolar to be manic, especially after being depressed. But mania is very destructive and can be devastating to the most meaningful aspects of a persons life. It is often a challenge for people with bipolar to believe that genuine happiness is truly better than mania, but it is. If they stick with treatment they will get it.
Answered on Jan 27, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
It should be noted that due to substance abuse, more people are experiencing mixed states and fewer people are having pure manic states. One may be euphoric when manic but I understand that mixed states feel awful.
Aug 3, 2013

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