Some people who experience periods of depression also experience periods of mania. Mania is characterized by a distinct period of abnormally elevated or irritable mood when people have a decreased need for sleep and are more talkative and distractible than usual. They may engage in excessive involvement with work or school, or pleasurable activities (like spending sprees or sexual indiscretions). People who suffer from bipolar disorder, formerly called manic- depression, swing back and forth between periods of depression and mania.
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