Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Mania Definition:

An abnormally elevated mood state.

Stedman's Medical Dictionary defines mania as:

"An emotional disorder characterized by euphoria or irritability, increased psychomotor activity, rapid speech, flight of ideas, decreased need for sleep, distractibility, grandiosity, and poor judgment; usually occurs in  bipolar disorder."

Schmidt's dictionary1 uses these words:

"Mania. A mental disorder, usually a phase of a more comprehensive condition, marked by exuberant elation, excessive talkativeness, exaggerated feeling of well-being, delusions, physical over-activity...."

In Mullins v Levy, Justice Holmes wrote of:

"... some guideposts to the diagnosis of mania: inflated self-esteem or grandiosity; decreased need for sleep; more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking; flight of ideas (or subjective sense that one's thoughts are racing); distractibility; increased involvement in goal-directed activities and/or psychomotor agitation; excessive involvement in pleasurable activities with an increased risk of painful consequences (e.g. buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, foolish business investments).

"All these symptoms or criteria were observed or reported in respect of the plaintiff. Of significance are three prime indicators differentiating hypomania from mania; with mania being the most serious: evidence of impairment in judgment; psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions) (and) requires hospital care for treatment of the syndrome."

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