Mania is a symptom of bipolar disorder. This extreme mood state is characterized by increases in energy and hyperactivity and a decreased ability or desire to sleep. Someone experiencing severe mania may also experience delusions or hallucinations. There are three stages of mania, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe:
- Hypomania (stage I)
- Acute mania (stage II)
- Delirious mania (stage III)
Mania may also be associated with other co-occurring disorders, like mental health disorders or substance use disorders. Using substances can be dangerous if someone is also experiencing mania or a substance can trigger an underlying state of mania. More information about topics related to mania can be found below.