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Euphoria (Greek εὐφορία) is a emotional state related to happiness and pleasure. Technically, euphoria is an affect,[1] but colloquially the term is often used as a standard term of emotion to mean intense, transcendent happiness combined with an overwhelming sense of well being. Euphoria is considered to be an exaggerated state, resulting from psychological or pharmacological stressors and not typically achieved during the normal course of human experience.[1] A common theme among a subset of drugs used recreationally is their ability to induce a state of euphoria.[2] The classification of episodic mania by Emil Kraepelin recognized the degree of euphoric affect among the classifier axes. Drugs such as heroin and MDMA induce chemically intense euphoria[3] Other types of euphoria are sexual climax.

The Euphoric feelings associated with modern human beings are a natural occurrence. Although every person's euphoric trigger is different, they all stem from reactions to ideas or environment.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Key DSM-IV Mental Status Exam Phrases. Gateway Psychiatric Services. URL accessed on 2007-06-02.
  2. Note: this is likely not the best citation available - Ballas, Paul Drug abuse. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. National Library of Medicine (United States). URL accessed on 2007-06-02.
  3. Psych Central Staff. The Two Types of Bipolar Disorder. PsychCentral.com. URL accessed on 2007-06-02.


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