Have you ever been happy or excited for absolutely no reason? That's good, isn't it?

Usually it is.

But what if you were so excited and so happy all the time that it actually made you irritable or physically uncomfortable? Not so good.

It's called "mania." It's the state of abnormally elevated arousal, mood or arousal. It can be caused by a mood disorder or it may be caused by other factors such as substance abuse or side effects from legal prescriptions.

The most common cause of mania is something you may have heard of. It's called "bi-polar disorder," where the symptoms described above alternate with bouts of depression. If you are bi-polar, you may feel "up" one day and "down" the next for no apparent reason.

Mania can be mild, or it can be more intense, with hallucinations, suspicions, aggressions, or delusions of grandeur.

If you think you might suffer from mania, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your EAP counselor. She can help diagnose your symptoms and then offer treatments, therapy or a referral to a medical doctor to help stabilize your moods

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, Please contact your EAP counselor.

  • Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
  • Sudden changes from being joyful to being irritable, angry, and hostile
  • Restlessness, increased energy, and less need for sleep
  • Rapid talk, talkativeness
  • Distractibility
  • Racing thoughts
  • High sex drive
  • Tendency to make grand and unattainable plans
  • Tendency to show poor judgment, such as impulsively deciding to quit a job
  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity -- unrealistic beliefs in one's ability, intelligence, and powers; may be delusional
  • Increased reckless behaviors (such as lavish spending sprees, impulsive sexual indiscretions, abuse of alcohol or drugs, or ill-advised business decisions)

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