Sometimes depressive episodes are part of a mood disorder called Bipolar Disorder. In such cases, the person may have experienced at least one episode of mania.
According to the DSM-IV system, a manic episode involves the following symptoms over at least one week:
As with major depression, sometimes symptoms like those above can be due to a physical illness or drugs rather than a mental health problem. If you think you have the symptoms of mania it is important to consult a knowledgeable medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis.
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American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-IV) Washington, American Psychiatric Association.