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Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Euphoria can be described as a heightened or exaggerated sense of happiness or well-being. It is considered to represent an abnormally extreme degree of happiness or contentment beyond that which occurs in normal emotional responses. Euphoria may be experienced by those who suffer from bipolar depression (manic depression) in the manic phase. It may occasionally be seen in other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, in which emotional responses and perceptions of reality are abnormal. A number of recreational and illegal drugs have been described as having an effect of inducing euphoria.
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