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A 23-year-old female asked about a 35-year-old female:

what is happening in the brain of a person having a manic episode?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Great question: There are many researchers trying to answer this question. Brain regions that process emotion, attention and complex tasks are disrupted in individuals with bipolar disorder. In a manic state, these abilities are broken. Many questions remain, including whether the brain is experiencing similar disruptions in manic and psychotic states.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that the chemicals in the brain that occure during mania weakened or completely stopped my medication from working?

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Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 13 years experience
No: but its possible that you are not adequately treated.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can chemicals in the brain during a manic episode cause medications to just stop working?

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Dr. Samuel Bayles
Child Psychiatry 19 years experience
Mania: once mania is going it might take more medication than what was required for maintenance to bring someone back down. once the mania resolves then sometimes med doses can come down too. if you are manic/hypomanic then please see your MD asap or present to an ER. there are several psychiatric emergency rooms in the NYC metro area

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