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manic episode


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A mood episode lasting at least one week, characterized by continuously elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning or to require hospitalization, during which there may be inflated self-esteem or grandiose ideas or actions, decreased need for sleep (almost invariably), increased talkativeness, flight of ideas, distractibility, increased goal-oriented activity, psychomotor agitation, and risky pleasure-seeking activities such as spree shopping, sexual indiscretions, or imprudent financial investments. See also antimanic, inositol. Compare major depressive episode, mixed episode. [From Greek mania madness]

Subjects: Psychology.


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