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What else causes mania, other than bipolar disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
While bipolar I disorder can result in manic episodes, other disorders and medications can cause the same symptoms of mania. These triggers include: brain and nervous system disorders, such as head injuries, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and stroke; connective tissue disorders, such as lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE); serious infections, including HIV/AIDS, influenza, encephalitis, and late stages of sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis; endocrine disorders, including hyperthyroidism; medications, including antidepressants when taken by someone susceptible to mania; and withdrawal from medications/drugs, such as antidepressants, amphetamines, cocaine, steroids (prednisone), levodopa, and methylphenidate.

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