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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 720354, 7 pages
Case Report

Delirious Mania: Can We Get Away with This Concept? A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1City Nursing Home, Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Andhra Pradesh, India
2Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad 500058, Andhra Pradesh, India

Received 19 July 2012; Accepted 14 October 2012

Academic Editors: L. Dell'Osso, C. Lançon, and F. Oyebode

Copyright © 2012 Rajshekhar Bipeta and Majeed A. Khan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Delirious mania (DM) as a clinical entity is well described, yet is often unrecognized in clinical practice. While most often misdiagnosed as acute psychotic episodes of organic delirium, these patients meet the criteria for mania with attendant delirium and pose therapeutic challenges. In addition to the case presentation, this paper also discusses the available literature on DM. Case Presentation. A 29-year-old man with DM was treated with a combination of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), divalproex 2000 mg/day, loxapine 100 mg/day, and lorazepam 4 mg/day. He demonstrated clinically significant improvement by day 10, which persisted through the twelve-month follow-up period. Conclusions. DM is a severe psychiatric syndrome which should be accurately diagnosed. Patients with DM should be treated aggressively, especially with ECT. Lack of recognition of DM can lead to serious morbidity or fatal outcomes. Though the concept of DM is well established, recent psychiatric literature does not make a mention of this life threatening yet treatable condition. We propose that there is a dire need to keep this concept alive.