What is high mania

Mania: Symptoms and Definition

Mr. S. experienced his first manic phase at the age of 31. He worked as an employee in a software company and was relatively successful in his job. At that time, he started taking work home with him. He often worked most of the night, only slept two or three hours and made long international calls. He considered himself irreplaceable and was convinced that he would soon find the ultimate solution to all computer problems. Over time, his behavior became more and more chaotic.

He reacted aggressively and irritably to the worried expressions of his wife. When he finally threatened to hit his wife again, she called the police. This led to his first admission to a mental hospital. In the further course of the process, Mr. S. repeatedly lost his job during further manic phases - for example because he changed his company's computer systems on his own initiative.

Several stays in psychiatry led to "gaps" in his résumé, making it increasingly difficult for him to find a job. Mr S. is now 47 years old and works as a truck driver. He feels underchallenged in this job and earns significantly less than before. His wife has since divorced him. *)

To diagnose mania, the elevated mood and some of the other symptoms must persist for at least a week and cause severe lifestyle impairments, such as work, social relationships, and other activities. The symptoms must not be caused by alcohol, drugs or an organic disease.