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You may feel frustrated around a person with
bipolar disorder who is having a manic episode. The high
energy level can be tiring or even frightening. The person may also actually
enjoy the mania and may not take medicines, which can prolong the episode. Also, the person may say and do unusual or hurtful things. You can help
during a manic episode by doing the following:
Call a health professional if you have questions or concerns about
the person's behavior. Always call a health professional (or
911 or other emergency services) if you
think the person with bipolar disorder is in danger of causing any harm to
himself or herself or others.
March 1, 2012
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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