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Euphoria: Introduction

Euphoria is a condition in which a person experiences intense feelings of well-being, elation, happiness, ecstasy, excitement and/or joy.

Euphoria can occur naturally as a normal or non-pathological condition during such situations as sexual organism, athletic victory or other competitive victory, or as a result of meditation or a spiritual experience. This type of euphoria occurs briefly.

Euphoria, especially longer or regular periods of euphoria, can also be a symptom of a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions. These include drug use, alcohol use, bipolar disorder, cyclothymic personality, head injury and hyperthyroidism.

Depending on the cause, euphoria can be short-term and disappear relatively quickly, such as when it occurs due to sexual orgasm.

Euphoria can also can be chronic and ongoing over a longer period of time, such as when it is due to untreated mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and cyclothymic personality. Euphoria can also be due to some medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, hypoxia and altitude sickness. For more details about causes, see causes of euphoria.

There are many symptoms that can occur with euphoria. Symptoms vary depending on the disease, disorder or condition that is at the root of the euphoria. Common coexisting symptoms include hallucinations, anxiety, memory problems, forgetfulness, restlessness, extreme mood swings, paranoia, confusion and disorientation.

Diagnosing euphoria and its root cause begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination, including a neurological examination.

Depending on the suspected cause, tests can include blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests, such as CT scan and MRI of the brain.

Drug screening and alcohol tests on blood and urine are performed if euphoria is suspected to be due to alcohol use or drug use. Thyroid tests n blood, such as T3, T4 and TSH, are performed if the cause of euphoria is suspected to be due to hyperthyroidism.

A noninvasive test called a pulse oximetry is performed if hypoxia (low levels of oxygen in the body) is a suspected cause of euphoria. This involves clipping a painless device to the fingertip, which measures the amount of oxygen in the blood. An arterial blood gas test may also be performed to measure multiple parameters of effective respiration and oxygenation.

A mini-mental state examination (MMSE) can be used to assess mental and cognitive function if Alzheimer's disease is the suspected cause of euphoria. In the MMSE, a health professional asks a patient a series of questions designed to test a range of everyday cognitive skills.

In addition to a primary care provider, making a diagnosis of the root cause of euphoria may involve evaluations by multiple specialists, such as a neurologist, psychiatrist and/or psychologist. This is especially important is the suspected cause is a mental health disorder or drug use or alcohol use.

A diagnosis of euphoria and its cause can easily be delayed or missed for a variety of reasons. For information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of euphoria.

Treatment of euphoria due to disorders or diseases involves diagnosing and treating the underlying cause. Some conditions can be easily and successfully treated and cured, while others may require more intensive treatment and may not have an optimal prognosis. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of euphoria.

Head injury, head trauma and petit mal seizures that cause euphoria often need to be evaluated and treated by a neurologist and/or neurosurgeon....more »

Euphoria: Euphoria is the feeling of extreme happiness. This is not an everyday feeling, and one of the most common causes of euphoric symptoms is drug intoxication or drug abuse. A related symptom is mania, which is characterized by...more »

Euphoria: Misdiagnosis

Diagnosing euphoria and its cause may be delayed or missed because some people who have disorders, such as drug use, alcohol use, bipolar disorder or cyclothymic personality, may deny or be unaware that they have a problem. They also may feel shame, guilt or embarrassment and not seek medical care.

Although a brief period of euphoria can be normal, such as happens with ...more misdiagnosis »

Causes of Euphoria:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Euphoria. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Euphoria

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Causes of Types of Euphoria:

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Euphoria: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Euphoria, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Euphoria Treatments

Treatment plans for euphoria are individualized depending on the cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the underlying or associated cause and helps to moderate behavior so a person can function effectively and lead as active and normal a life as possible. ...Euphoria Treatments

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Stories from Users for Euphoria

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Message Boards for Euphoria

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Diagnostic tests for Euphoria:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Euphoria. Some of these are listed below :

  • Mental state examination - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement.
  • Mini-mental state examination - if multi-infarct dementia is suspected to test memory and cognitive function.
  • Physical examination
    • If suspect multi-infarct dementia, examine for signs of vascular pathology e.g. high blood pressure, signs of previous strokes
    • In an infant or child examine for signs of Angelman's syndrome including severe intellectual disability and developmental delay (failure to match developmental milestones of other children such as delays in sitting and walking, delay in fine motor skills and delay in toilet training), profound speech impairment and lack of co-ordination with walking. These children have behavioural uniqueness with frequent laughter and smiling
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Euphoria:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Euphoria as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Euphoria: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Euphoria may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Euphoria

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Euphoria. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Euphoria: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Euphoria

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Multiple sclerosis often misdiagnosed as mental disorder: The early stages of multiple sclerosis may cause various general feelings of wellness, more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was initially misdiagnosed as a "nervous breakdown" more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually been overlooked throughout childhood. There more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis of depression or symptoms of more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms more »

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Euphoria: Related Rare Diseases

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Euphoria: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Definitions of Euphoria:

Exaggerated feeling of physical and emotional well-being and optimism not consonant with apparent stimuli or events; usually of psychologic origin, but also seen in organic brain disease and toxic states.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Euphoria:

The list of organs typically affected by Euphoria may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Euphoria

The list below shows some of the causes of Euphoria mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Euphoria?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Euphoria. Of the 78 causes of Euphoria that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 75 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Euphoria:

The following list of conditions have 'Euphoria' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Euphoria?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Euphoria, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

Classifications of Euphoria:

Subtypes of Euphoria:

Laughter (10 causes), Excitement (26 causes)

Medical Conditions associated with Euphoria:

Mania (102 causes), Emotional symptoms (2080 causes), Mood symptoms (763 causes), Psychiatric symptom (971 causes)

Symptoms related to Euphoria:

Mania (102 causes), Moodiness (133 causes), Depressive symptoms (629 causes), Impulsivity (39 causes), Emotion, Well being, Mood altering drugs, Drug abuse (36 causes), Amphetamine, Cocaine, Cannabis

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Medical News summaries about Euphoria

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