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Manic episode Photo by: Piotr Marcinski Definition A discrete period lasting a week or more during which a person experiences mania, an abnormally elevated, cheerful, or euphoric mood. Descriptio A person experiencing a manic episode shows persistent and often inappropriate enthusiasm which may involve taking on new projects for which he or she is ill suited. It might also involve engaging strangers in detailed conversations, acting without concern for consequences of one's actions, or increased sexual activities. Less commonly, a person may be abnormally irritable during a manic episode. On average, the episodes begin before age 25. This
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means that some individuals experience their first episode while in their teens and others during middle age. Psychiatrists use five criteria to identify someone in the midst of this type of mood episode. First, the period of abnormal behavior must persist for at least one week unless the person is admitted to a hospital. Typically, the episodes last from a few weeks to a few months. Second, the
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