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How long does the manic episode last in manic depression of most sufferers?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: It depends

If the person is a rapid cycler, a manic episode can be brief (hours to a few days).
For others, the manic episode can last from a week to several months. One recent study (solomon et al., 2010, arch gen psych) reported that the median duration for a manic episode is about 13 weeks. Depressive episodes tend to last much longer - perhaps on average twice as long.

In brief: It depends

If the person is a rapid cycler, a manic episode can be brief (hours to a few days).
For others, the manic episode can last from a week to several months. One recent study (solomon et al., 2010, arch gen psych) reported that the median duration for a manic episode is about 13 weeks. Depressive episodes tend to last much longer - perhaps on average twice as long.
Dr. Seth Kunen
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Mania

Three months BUT it is extremely variable.
Rapid cyclers may change within minutes & some people may have mania/ hypomania for longer then 3 to 4 months (especially if untreated).

In brief: Mania

Three months BUT it is extremely variable.
Rapid cyclers may change within minutes & some people may have mania/ hypomania for longer then 3 to 4 months (especially if untreated).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Depends on patient

A few days or a few hours, and even within a few minutes in some cases.
This is what is known as rapid-cycling.

In brief: Depends on patient

A few days or a few hours, and even within a few minutes in some cases.
This is what is known as rapid-cycling.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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