Mania could be considered the opposite side of the scale to “depression”. Mania ( from the Greek word for “rage, frenzy, fury ) is a condition of elevated mood or elevated irritability for a period of time. To be “manic” means too happy or too angry for too long. Some time ago the diagnosis of “bipolar” was coined to describe persons who undergo both “depression” and “mania”. The frequency of mania or manic diagnoses has spiralled upwards and it is thought that this is because the use of drugs has also spiralled upwards at the same time.
While mania symptoms can be observed in those who use cocaine, crystal meth, and other stimulants, clearly pointing to a cause there, it is quite often associated with bipolar and schizophrenic populations.
Research has shown that whatever the mechanism, the likely cause is an excess of dopamine. Excess dopamine is known to bring about repetitive types of behaviors, hypersexuallity, loss of appetite and inability to sleep. Also, when dopamine spikes, it could be due to a failure of a specific chemical processing step needed to convert dopamine into its bi-products, for instance after neurochemical poisoning, which we intend to identify through the lab testing process, and correct though specific tailored processes. It is from these observations that the most effective means of mania treatment can be discerned and utilised. Whether the mania was part of a schizophrenic or psychotic condition, or whether it was caused by drug use, a personalized program can be detailed so that the condition can be effectively treated using other means besides merely numbing the patient to the symptoms.
Lab testing allows us to see what may be at the source of mania, which then allows us to work towards correcting it.
If this all seems confusing, do not despair. Those suffering from any form of “mania” or those troubled by persisting undesirable moods are able to procure relief. We also offer tapering programs for Seroquel withdrawal and many other drugs. We have an open invitation for anyone to pick up the phone and call one of our knowledgeable staff who can discuss what the best and healthiest protocols for treatment are available.
Dr. John Motl, M.D.
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.