Mania Specialist

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Women's & Reproductive Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Sexual Health
In-Person care in Bethesda, MD
Telehealth appointments in Maryland, Virginia, DC,
Florida and Michigan

Experiencing a state of mania can lead to impulsive and risky behaviors, with potentially lasting consequences. At WCWCW in Bethesda, Maryland, our proficient mental health professionals are dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective treatments for both mania and its less severe form, hypomania. Manic episodes often require urgent medical intervention and hospitalization to ensure stabilization before initiating outpatient treatment. Let WCWCW guide you and your loved ones through the complexities of mania. Reach out to our office today or schedule an appointment online to embark on the path to recovery.

What exactly is mania?

Mania is a heightened state characterized by intense excitement and boundless energy, presenting a significant challenge as it impairs your ability to rest and increases the likelihood of endangering yourself or others. Functioning normally becomes nearly impossible during a manic episode, which can persist for a week or longer.

Hypomania, a milder form of mania, manifests similar symptoms but to a lesser extent. Both mania and hypomania can occur independently or follow an episode of depression, often linked to bipolar disorder.

What are the common symptoms of mania?

Mania can trigger a range of symptoms, including:

  • Intense euphoria
  • Uncontrollable exhilaration
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Heightened sexual drive
  • Racing thoughts
  • Overconfidence and risk-taking
  • Sensation of invincibility
  • Rapid, incoherent speech
  • Inappropriate or uncharacteristic behavior
  • Reduced or no sleep
  • Rudeness and aggression
  • Substance abuse
  • Excessive spending
  • Lack of inhibition

Post-mania, you might experience feelings of embarrassment or shame, with potential memory lapses regarding the episode. Discovering the consequences of impulsive actions, such as accumulating debts, upsetting others, or engaging in reckless behavior, can lead to significant distress. Individuals with bipolar disorder commonly encounter depressive episodes following a manic phase.

What contributes to mania?

Mania frequently manifests as part of other conditions like bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis, or schizoaffective disorder. Various risk factors can trigger mania, including high stress levels, disrupted sleep patterns, substance use, significant life changes, traumatic experiences, and medication side effects, among others. Regardless of the underlying cause, our experts at WCWCW are equipped to deliver precise diagnoses and personalized treatments to stabilize your mood and prevent persistent or recurrent manic episodes.

What treatment options are available for managing mania?

WCWCW tailors your treatment plan to address the specific symptoms and triggers associated with your mania. Primary treatment modalities include psychotherapy and medication.

Therapeutic interventions aim to identify and modify distressing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. While psychotherapy may be less effective during manic episodes, regular sessions between episodes are crucial in managing your condition.

Treatment for mania often involves mood stabilizers such as lithium, valproate, and carbamazepine, along with antipsychotic medications like haloperidol, quetiapine, or risperidone. Your psychiatrist at WCWCW may also prescribe sleep aids or medications to alleviate anxiety.

If you or someone close to you is currently experiencing mania, immediate medical assistance is advised. Visit the nearest emergency room for prompt evaluation and care. Once ready for outpatient treatment, our specialists at WCWCW are ready to provide the expert support needed to navigate the challenges associated with mania. Contact our office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about our services. We offer the same exceptional care through telehealth for individuals residing in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida.

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