Mania

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Mania

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You have likely heard of bi-polar disorder, a mental health condition in which sufferers can and do frequently whipsaw between manic and depressive emotional states – going from “high” to “low” and back again with regularity – all of which feature a wide range of symptoms, some of which can be severe and dangerous.

These emotional states are also present in mania. However, it is important to note that someone may suffer from mania and not actually be bi-polar. In fact, mania can and is quite often completely independent and not related to bi-polar disorder. And this can be hugely important in the course of treatment.

People who suffer from mania may suffer from high and low episodes due to a number of reasons, and it is important to understand and know the signs of changes. It is also common that people with mania are misdiagnosed with another mental health concern due to their nature – and these misdiagnoses could prove costly due to how the body reacts to distinct treatments.

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How Mania Works

Mania can present with a wide range of symptoms, including significant changes to the mood and personality. At its essence, mania is a mood disturbance that produces an extraordinarily energized, excited, euphoric countenance and a feeling that anything is possible. These episodes can last for as long as a week or more. And while it does not sound like a true detriment, mania is indeed a serious and disruptive mental health condition. For instance, sufferers from mania will likely be unable to concentrate on any one thing and will have a very difficult time sleeping. In fact, it may be so severe as to require hospitalization.

Mania may also include less severe symptoms and may even present as inflated self-esteem (feeling invincible, confident, etc.), an increase in activity (trying to achieve several things at once), or even an increase in ideas.

You may also notice an increase in talking (volume and pattern), racing thoughts, hypersexuality, hyper-religiosity, or excessive appetite.

However, you should be wary, as mania could also elevate and include a wide range of dangerous manifestations, including:

  • Inappropriate or risky behavior – this can include irritability or aggression, as well as taking risks or attempting things the sufferer may normally never undertake.
  • Hallucinations and delusion – Seeing or believing things that are not actually occurring
  • Paranoia – The sufferer may feel unable to trust anyone else and react accordingly, even in the extreme.

As you can see by these symptoms, mania is a serious condition that can produce serious repercussions in social, emotional, and work relationships. For instance, mania can make it tough to maintain a job or relationships, and it can also lead to substance abuse or reckless activity (including sexually).

Mania can be fostered by several factors, including genetics – some people are more pre-disposed to suffer from mania, including people whose parents or siblings have the condition.

Underlying medical conditions or psychiatric illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia may also trigger mania. People who suffer from hypothyroidism may also suffer from manic episodes.

Environmental changes may even trigger mania, as well as emotional trauma. And brain injuries can also play a significant role in the onset of mania in people who had no symptoms prior to injury.

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How psychiatry works to treat mania

Since brain scans reveal that some patients with mania – but not all – have slightly different structures or activity, psychiatrists understand that treatment must be tailored to meet each patient’s specific patterns and behaviors.

Therefore, traditional psychiatry offers a number of avenues to treatment, all of which will be evaluated based on the patient’s level of need.

Treatments include psychoanalysis, medication, and – if severe enough – hospitalization.

In many instances, medications are prescribed to balance a patient’s mood and reduce the risk of self-injury.

 

These medications include:

  • Lithium
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Benzodiazepines

How Bridgepoint works to help you

At Bridgepoint, we are not interested in throwing medication at a problem and just hoping it will go away. We work closely with each patient to determine the most effective treatments based upon their unique mental makeup.

That may mean medication, but we will always help you determine and establish a medical treatment that provides you with the best therapy that helps you continue to live a rich and full life.

Our experienced and caring doctors and staff have years of experience and understanding across the spectrum of mental health concerns, so we will be able to quickly determine the root cause of your mania and allow you to gain control of your mental health concerns.

 

Get help today and change your life

Bridgepoint clinicians understand the intricate and very real nature of mania and how best to address the changes that occur in patients suffering from this issue.

If you are concerned about mania or manic episodes, please do not hesitate to call our offices today and schedule an appointment with our caring professionals. We will ensure that you get the assistance and mental health support that you need. We can set up an in-office appointment or talk with you over a tele-health visit to get started.

 

Contact us at our offices in Smyrna between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 770-858-5377.

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Bridgepoint encourages clinicians, patients, and their loved ones to research new methodologies and techniques to improve mental health and wellbeing. To assist with your own learning, we’ve put together a variety of resources on a variety of topics – including genomics – to help you on your mental health journey.

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