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A 40-year-old member asked:

are there any natural cures for mania?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: I am not aware of any cures for mania - natural or via treatment. Continued treatment can control symptoms but relapses might still occur.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Well, yes: The oldest and best known treatment to prevent mania--lithium--is a naturally-occurring mineral salt whose therapeutic benefits were first applied to kidney stones. Slowly, their beneficial effects on mania were discovered. Like digitalis--an extract of foxglove found to be helpful for "dropsy", then created in pure form as digoxin--many modern psych medications are natural, just purified.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does a manic episode consist of?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Many symptoms: Symptoms of a mania include loss of sleep for over 3 days with increased and excessive energy. Often there are racing thoughts, pressured speech and difficulties explaining yourself due to too many thoughts. Other symptoms include grandiose thoughts (like beliefs of having special powers or strength), a tendency to engage in dangerous and risk-taking behaviors, and at times hallucinations.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I always smoke during my manic episodes?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Calming effect: Nicotine (smoking) xauses release of Dopamine and activation of GABA receptors which has a calming effect. Before trying to cut down smoking control of mood with mood stabilizers is of paramount importance.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have a mania relapse?

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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Especially, without maintenance treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If 2 manic depressives are dating, do they end up cycling in sync?

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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Geriatrics 54 years experience
Dont know: Interesting i guess could go from complementing to contradicting each other.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for mania?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Description, history: And excluding other conditions that might mimic mania--sometimes when it isn't suspected it is precipitated by antidepressant medication.

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