I really appreciate our friend’s effort to help us understand manic episodes in the light of her knowledge and experience.
I personally found it very helpful.
You can check her blog to see how bravely she deals with bipolar disorder.
This is the second post, but first in a series on definitions of topics surrounding Bipolar Disorder (The first was simply titled Definitions). I hope to shed a little light on the subject, reduce some stigma and share a little about what these definitions mean for me personally as I have ridden this Bipolar ride. I hope they help someone.
The DSM-5 (the handbook for all things mental health and from where all diagnoses come), lists the following criteria for a MANIC episode:
1. A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and abnormally and persistently increased goal-directed activity or energy, lasting at least 1 week and present most of the day, nearly every day (or any duration if hospitalization is necessary).
2. During the period of mood disturbance and increased energy or activity, three (or more) of the following symptoms (or four if the…
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