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Definition of Mixed mania

Mixed mania: A state of mind characterized by symptoms of both mania and depression seen sometimes in bipolar disorders. It is more common in bipolar children and women. A person experiencing mixed mania may feel agitated, angry, irritable, and depressed all at once. Because it combines a high activity level with depression, mixed mania poses a particular danger of suicide or self- injury. Treatment is by mood-stabilizing medication, sometimes accompanied by anti-depressant or neuroleptic medication.

Also known as: Agitated depression. See also: Bipolar disorder.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11675
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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