Dysphoria: The Dark Side of Bipolar Mania – Psychology Today

Mania in bipolar disorder (or hypomania in Bipolar II Disorder) is typically characterized by an intense experience of euphoria. Euphoric mania is often accompanied by grandiosity, inflated self-esteem, hyperproductivity, and a range of behaviors that reflect the feeling of being on top of the world. “Bulletproof” may be another apt description. People in the throes of euphoric mania often pursue risky activities, including over-spending, substance abuse, sexual indiscretions, or errant business pursuits. Driven by the intense energy and sense of invincibility, euphoric mania is not only potentially destructive to an individual with bipolar, but threatens the well-being of the person’s relationships and reputation after the episode. This becomes especially true as the evidence of manic exploits is revealed along with the possibility of a forthcoming episode of major depression.

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