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manic episodeA manifestation of bipolar disorder which:
• Is characterised by elevated, expansive or irritable mood, lasting for at least one week, which is severe enough to cause difficulty or impairment in occupational, social, educational or other important functioning;
• Is not better explained by a mixed episode;
• Is not attributable to abuse substances (e.g., alcohol or drugs) or medications with psychoactive effects;
• Is not caused by a general medical condition.
manic episodePsychiatry A period characterized by a persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, with ↑ energy, ↓ sleep, distractibility, impaired judgement, grandiosity, flights of ideas, and so on, most often affecting Pts < age 25; MEs are seen in those with primary–idiopathic affective illness or bipolar I disorder, in which Pts vacillate between hypermania and abject depression.
man·ic ep·i·sode(man'ik ep'i-sōd)
See: affective disorder, endogenous depression
Patient discussion about manic episode
Q. One of my friend`s son in the manic episode. I have seen people in manic episode to be happy. What could be the reason for their happiness. One of my friend`s son in the manic episode, is generally seen with high euphoria, but often he gets in to different episodes, where he seems to be happy but at the same time aggressive, which is a symptom of depression. Please clarify?