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Chronic mania: An unexpectidly long episode?

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Author(s): Chawla Jatinder | Balhara Yatan Pal | Mohan Indra | Sagar Rajesh

Journal: Indian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 0019-5359

Volume: 60;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 199;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Chronic mania | mood | bipolar disorder.

ABSTRACT
Mood disorders (unipolar and bipolar disorders) are one of the most distressing and disabling disorders known to man kind. Mood disorders may present as either a depressive phase or manic phase. Chronic mania by definition means presence of manic symptoms in excess of 2 yrs without remission. Chronic mania differs in its psychopathological presentation from the acute mania. Chronic mania also poses a diagnostic and management challenge. Along with the poor response to the treatment these patients are also likely to suffer from severe impairment in the social, familial, interpersonal and occupational functioning. These disturbances may add to the chronicity of the condition. This case underlines the significance of keeping possibility of chronic mania which has been overlooked in the recent literature.
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