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Medical Term:

manic episode



  1. a manifestation of major mood disorder involving enduring periods of persistent and significant elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, and associated symptoms including decreased sleep, psychomotor speeding, racing thoughts, flight of ideas, grandiosity, and poor judgment leading to behavior that may later be regretted.
  2. a DSM construct with specified criteria.

See: affective disorders, under disorder, endogenous depression, manic-depressive, manic excitement

Synonym(s): mania

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