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Mania describes a condition characterised by severely elevated mood.
Associated with bipolar disorder, where episodes of mania alternate with
episodes of depression. (Note: not all mania is bipolar disorder, other
diseases can cause mania - however bipolar disorder is the 'classic'
Hypomania refers to a less severe variant of mania, where there is less
loss of control.
Although 'severely elevated mood' sounds pleasant, the actual experience
of mania is usually unpleasant and frightening for the person involved,
and may lead to behavior that they may regret later.
Other manic symptoms include hypersexuality, religiosity, and
Mania can also be experienced at the same time as depression, in
so-called dysphoric mania. This has caused speculation amongst doctors
that mania and depression are two independent axes in a bipolar
spectrum, rather than opposites.
Some collective mania (craze) can also take place, as individuals have a
tendancy to lose their own personality inside a crowd (fads, herding,
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