| CASE REPORT
|Year : 2006 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 199-201
Chronic mania: An unexpectidly long episode?
Jatinder Mohan Chawla, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Indra Mohan, Rajesh Sagar
Department of Psychiatry and National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi - 110 029, India
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.
Yatan Pal Singh Balhara
Department of Psychiatry and National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS, 4th Floor, Teaching Block, Room No 4096, New Delhi - 110 029
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