Symptoms and causes


  • Disinhibition
  • Busy, moves and talks a lot
  • Racing thoughts, strong association, flights of thought
  • Sleep disorder/no or very little sleep
  • Irritated or agitated mood
  • Excessive self-esteem
  • No self-criticism
  • Fanciful ideas
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Feeling really well, goes in overdrive
  • Sometimes sexually disinhibited
  • Sometimes paranoia, sometimes psychosis


  • Predisposition, heredity
  • Fewer psychological factors
  • Sleep disorder in combination with extra stress
  • Sometimes due to a paradoxal reaction, such as in case of death
  • Somatic causes
  • Antidepressants
  • Drugs or alcohol

Diagnosis and treatment


There are various treatment options, some of which are listed here: mood stabilisers (e.g. Lithium), antipsychotics and benzodiazepines...

Treatment centres and specialisations

Psychiatric Department (PAAZ)

Latest publication date: 21/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Raemdonck Jan