A manic episode will present symptoms of euphoria in patients. Sufferers experience a heightened level of happiness and a sense of accomplishment. They often engage in goal-oriented projects and activities, and feel “unstoppable” in the pursuit of these goals, even though they are often easily distracted from them.
Some patients describe the euphoria of bipolar disorder as a kind of “high.” They may feel very outgoing and unnaturally happy regardless of whether or not the social situation they are in warrants it. Conversely, the euphoria can suddenly give way to extreme irritability.