Antimanic Medication

Mania is a severe mental condition in which a person experiences a strangely irritable mood, accompanied by high energy levels. People who are manic are often thought to be on some kind of drug. Full-blown mania can have psychotic elements like hallucinations. Mania is basically the opposite of depression. Both of these elements (mania and depression) are a part of the psychological condition known as bipolar disorder. So generally, somebody experiencing mania will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and medication will be appropriate for that disorder.

Basic medications for mania include:

  • Mood stabilizers such as lithium
  • Antipsychotic medication
  • Antidepressants

Mood Stabilizers for Mania

Mood stabilizers are used to create a balance between the manic and depressive elements of bipolar disorder. There are many different kinds ranging from anticonvulsants to lithium. These medications are important to help somebody experiencing bipolar disorder with a manic episode to gain control and at least get to a point where they can function properly to seek further help.

Antipsychotics for Mania

Antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine olanzapine have been shown to help bipolar disorder patients through acute manic episodes. Antipsychotics help to manage episodes of delusions, hallucinations and disordered thinking.

Antidepressants for Mania

It is debated whether or not antidepressants are good to use for manic episodes, but for people with bipolar disorder, it can work as a mood stabilizer between mania and depression.

Are Antimanic Medications Right for You?

The best way to know if any antimanic medications are right for you is to seek professional psychiatric or psychological help. You must first be diagnosed in order to receive medication. A combination of medication and therapy are vital for a person suffering from bipolar disorder. If you suspect that somebody close to you is suffering from a manic episode or bipolar disorder, they could very well be reluctant to seek help. It’s important for family or close friends to urge these people to seek help. With help from a doctor, proper medications can be prescribed, and you can begin to gain more control.

What are the Risks of Antimanic Medication?

Like all psychiatric medications, there are side effects and some risk factors. Often, these medications can cause side effects like nausea, dizziness and fatigue. If you notice any serious symptoms like thoughts of suicide or worsened mania, depression or other moods, it’s important to talk to your doctor to see if the medication is working properly.

What Should You Do?

If you or someone you know is suffering from an episode of mania, it’s most likely tied to bipolar disorder. Because this is a mental disorder, it can take a serious toll on quality of life and happiness. It’s important to seek professional help. With a regular commitment to therapy and the right antimanic medication, you can regain control of your life and feel normal again.

View Resources

  • Wikipedia – Wikipedia page for bipolar disorder, which mania is usually tied to.
  • Wikipedia – Wikipedia page for mania, how it is tied to bipolar disorder, and how to treat it.
  • National Institute of Mental Health – Information about which medications are used to treat bipolar disorder with mania.
  • PsychologyInfo.com – Information about antimanic medication, mood stabilizers and bipolar disorder.

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