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Vol. 34, No. 5, 2001
Issue release date: September–October 2001
Section title: Case Report
Psychopathology 2001;34:265–267
(DOI:10.1159/000049320)

Psychogenic Mania and Bereavement

Morgan J.F. · Beckett J. · Zolese G.
Department of Psychiatry, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK

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Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 1/7/2002

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP

Abstract

Early notions of mania invoked a combination of psychogenic and organic factors, but psychogenic mania has not endured as a concept. We present a 37-year-old woman with an acute manic episode precipitated by the prolonged death of her husband from cancer. To our knowledge this is the first published account of ‘maniacal grief’ in the absence of pre-existing affective disorder, and with clear causal relations. Mania was clearly induced by the bereavement and we argue that the loss represented more than a non-specific life event. This case supports a re-examination of mania as potentially a ‘reactive’ or psychogenic phenomenon.


  

Author Contacts

Dr. John F. Morgan
Department of Psychiatry, St. George’s Hospital Medical School
Jenner Wing, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE (UK)
Tel. +44 208 725 5565, Fax +44 208 725 3350
E-Mail jmorgan@sghms.ac.uk

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 3
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 9

  

Publication Details

Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’

Vol. 34, No. 5, Year 2001 (Cover Date: September-October 2001)

Journal Editor: E. Gabriel, Vienna; C. Mundt, Heidelberg
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/psp


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 1/7/2002

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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