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Mania Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Mania. 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 by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long has the mania been present?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What symptoms of mania are present?

    Why: Mania is more than just feeling good or even euphoric. With true mania, people can be described by words like "frantic", "hyperactive" or over-excited. Often a person's thoughts and speech is so "fast" that it tumbles over itself and becomes fragmented by following tangents of thoughts and ideas. Cycling between mania and depression is the hallmark of bipolar disorder (previously called manic-depression) but there are other.

  3. Possible causes of mania. Other symptoms that might be imprecisely described as mania include hyperactivity, excitement, euphoria, delusions, inattention, recklessness, distracted, concentration difficulty, detachment
  4. How severe are the symptoms?

    Why: manic episodes range in their severity. The least severe form of mania is "hypomania" in which the person experiences the same symptoms but in a milder form and usually for briefer periods of time (4 days or several weeks). By definition, hypomania does not tend to interfere markedly with social or occupational functioning. Mania itself can present with or without psychotic symptoms.

  5. Any disruption to social and occupational functioning?

    Why: During a manic episode judgement is impaired and the person is at risk of ruining their reputation with inappropriate and often bizarre behavior and they are also at risk of causing serious financial, legal or physical harm.

  6. Insight into the illness?

    Why: Insight is almost invariably impaired, with the person seeing no need for treatment. However, others with whom they come in contact with rarely have doubts.

  7. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses. First episodes of mania often follow the same sort of stressful life events as precipitate episodes of depression.

  8. Has the thought of hurting yourself or ending your life occurred to you?

    Why: it is important for the doctor to know if you are a suicide risk.

  9. Past psychiatric history?

    Why: e.g. bipolar affective disorder is a recurrent disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. The periods of mania include symptoms of elevated mood (euphoria) sometimes accompanied by irritability. The occurrence of a prior manic episode has important implications for treatment and ongoing health management.

  10. Medications?

    Why: some people have their only episode of manic illness during treatment of a depressive episode with an antidepressant medication.

  11. Illicit drug history?

    Why: e.g. cocaine may provide a feeling of euphoria and excitement; amphetamines may provide a feeling of euphoria with a feeling of superiority and general feeling of wellness; ecstasy may provide a general feeling of euphoria and wellness; cannabis intoxication may provide feeling of euphoria. Bipolar affective disorder should not be diagnosed if the disturbance in mood has been initiated and maintained by substance abuse.

  12. Family history?

    Why: e.g. bipolar affective disorder has a strong hereditary basis.

  13. Psychotic symptoms?

    Why: If manic phase of bipolar affective disorder is severe the person may suffer from psychotic symptoms e.g. delusions such as the belief that one has supernatural or special powers, or that one knows a famous person; hallucinations including "seeing" famous people or "hearing" their voices.

  14. Symptoms of manic phase of bipolar affective disorder?

    Why: e.g. recurrent disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. The manic phase is characterized by elevated mood (euphoria) sometimes accompanied by irritability, grandiose ideas, inflated self-esteem, increased energy and activity, rapid pressured speech, increased libido often leading to sexual disinhibition and inappropriate sexual activity, impaired judgement, impulsive behavior, reduced need for sleep, poor concentration and attention, sometimes psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Mania:

The following list of conditions have 'Mania' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Mania:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Mania' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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