We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Manic Behavior?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated Feb 16, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Manic behavior, or mania, is a term used to describe the “up” portion of manic depression, also called bipolar disorder. People in this state are generally unusually happy, even when not appropriate. They often experience elevated energy levels and some may even require little or no sleep at all during this time. Mania is also hallmarked by patients exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior, such as increased risk taking, aggression, or violent mood swings. This is often followed by a period of severe depression.

Although manic behavior is generally associated with bipolar disorder, periods of mania may occur without being followed by a period of deep depression. Some patients with bipolar may have more problems with the manic episodes than with depression, with some patients rarely having a depressive episode at all. Medications are generally given to stabilize mood and calm patients down. Some patients do not like giving up the manic behavior because they may feel happy or giddy during this time, and unhappy at any other time.

Despite the often positive feelings patients may experience during a period of manic behavior, it is still a serious problem and should be treated as such. During these episodes, patients often engage in risky or promiscuous behavior, thus impacting their personal relationships and careers. Poor management of money, gambling, and high risk sexual behavior are all common in patients suffering from mania. They often view themselves as invincible. When something inevitably goes wrong due to irresponsible behavior, this can lead to a steep decline into depression.

The most common medicinal treatment for manic behavior is the drug lithium, which has proven effective at ending a manic episode and preventing new ones from occurring. Treatment is generally most effective when combined with psychotherapy with a trained mental health professional. When depression is also an issue, additional medications may be needed, such as an antidepressant. This can create difficulties in some patients because many medicines used to treat depression can lead to manic behavior. Rarely, an antidepressant medication may lead to mania in someone who does not have bipolar disorder.

Manic depression does not have a cure, but it can be controlled with proper treatment. Many patients are able to lead productive lives once a diagnosis is made and treatment has begun. In some severe cases, patients may have to be hospitalized and undergo more extreme evaluation and treatment. This is becoming less common as researchers learn more about bipolar disorder and effective ways of treating it.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.