A mental disorder characterized by episodes of overactivity, elation, or irritability. Mania usually occurs as part of a manic–depressive illness. Symptoms may include extravagant spending, repeatedly starting new tasks; sleeping less; increased appetite for food, alcohol, sex, and exercise; outbursts of inappropriate anger, laughter, or sudden socializing; and delusions of grandeur. If symptoms are mild, the condition is called hypomania. Severe mania usually needs treatment in hospital with antipsychotic drugs. Relapses may be prevented by taking lithium or carbamazepine.


Online Medical Dictionary: Your essential reference to over 5000 medical terms.