A manic episode can be a sign of multiple mental health conditions. These episodes come with their own signs and symptoms you can learn to recognize so you can better help your daughter. Clearview Girls Academy is trained to help you and your daughter through these episodes, arrive at the correct diagnosis, and find the proper treatment.
What Is a Manic Episode?
The term manic episode refers to a period during which a person exhibits symptoms of mania. These symptoms can include abnormally erratic and extreme changes in mood, behavior, energy, and activity levels. A manic episode can include feelings of happiness and euphoria, increased levels of mental and physical activity, and impulsive behaviors such as spending sprees. Such episodes can be symptoms of several mental health conditions, which can triggered by a variety of factors.
Mental Health Conditions With Manic Episodes as a Symptom
Some mental health conditions that can have a manic episode as a symptom include:
- Bipolar I disorder: This condition is characterized by major changes in mood and energy with a manic episode lasting longer than a week or needing hospitalization.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Symptoms of SAD usually occur in the fall when the colder months begin and can result in negative mood and energy changes.
- Schizoaffective disorder: This condition includes some symptoms of schizophrenia alongside mood issues. These mood issues can include both depression and mania.
Everyone is unique, so what causes a manic episode in one person may not cause an episode in another. Monitoring your daughter’s moods and noting the feedback from other people who spend time with her can help you identify triggers. Some common triggers include:
- An overstimulating environment or situation
- Major life changes
- Not getting enough sleep
- Life-controlling issues
Signs and Symptoms
Just like life triggers, symptoms of manic episodes can vary per person. It is essential to monitor your daughter’s behavior to be aware of abnormalities and to trust those close to you when they tell you your daughter is acting out of character. Some symptoms to look for can include:
- Abnormally high energy levels
- Extreme euphoric mood
- Little sleep
- Acting obsessively
- Inability to remain still, including pacing or bouncing your leg when sitting
- Impulsive behaviors, including life-controlling issues, poor financial decisions, quitting a job, etc.
- Talking too fast for others to understand
- Rapid and excessive thoughts that prevent her from holding onto one idea
Common treatments include:
- Medication: An antipsychotic or mood stabilizer may be prescribed, depending upon what other symptoms your daughter is experiencing.
- Talk therapy: Psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and family therapy are common forms of treatment.
- Self-management: Self-management includes monitoring moods and behaviors to keep track of changes. You can teach your daughter how to do this for herself, and it’s also helpful to do it with her in case you notice something she does not.
What You Can Do to Help With a Manic Episode
There are many ways you can help your daughter prevent and work through manic episodes. Clearview Girls Academy can help you and your daughter learn to manage her manic episodes using many of the following strategies.
Educate yourself and ensure your daughter is supported so that she feels like she isn’t going through this alone. Also, educating other family members and friends can help your daughter feel more normal while still making sure she has people around her who understand and can help.
Another form of support can come from support groups. Support groups can help your daughter see that others are struggling with manic episodes as well. These groups can also help her feel a sense of community and belonging. Through these groups, she can form connections with others who understand her symptoms and are nonjudgmental.
You can also seek out support groups to help you handle the stress of having a daughter with manic episodes. A group of this type can help relieve stress, provide a community to lean on, and become a source of advice. You can receive solace as you connect to others who understand what you are experiencing. Participating can also help your daughter feel more comfortable doing so and help you better care for her.
Monitor Her Behavior for a Manic Episode
Learning how to track and monitor her moods and behaviors correctly is important. By keeping a record of these changes, you can recognize when a manic episode begins, identify triggers for it, and understand how she feels when the episode is over. Understanding these changes can better prepare you to manage and treat symptoms when they occur.
Have a Routine
Make sure you implement and maintain a routine for your daughter to follow. A routine allows you to limit triggering events and prevent overstimulation. It also helps her to stay on track with medication, enables her to get enough sleep, and ensures she is doing what she needs to do to prevent a manic episode.
Keep Communication Strong
Open communication is vital in preventing and working through a manic episode. It is important to listen to your daughter about how she is feeling and what she needs. Also, be sure you are open to other people telling you when your daughter isn’t acting how she normally does. This is important because you may be used to a behavior that is actually a symptom of a manic episode. You also can learn how to express to your daughter that she may be entering a manic episode and calmly work through the situation.
Manic episodes can be a symptom of mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and schizoaffective disorder. These conditions can be difficult to navigate and manage. Manic episodes can be triggered by stress, life changes, and certain behaviors like life-controlling issues. The symptoms can include abnormally energetic and erratic behavior, inability to sleep, distractibility, and obsessive behavior. If you are noticing these symptoms in your daughter or are struggling to help your daughter through a manic episode, reach out today at (888) 796-5484 for more information. We understand how hard it can be to work through these episodes and we are trained to help you and your daughter get through these episodes.