De novo mania among elderly people



De novo mania is defined as the occurrence of a first manic episode in a patient with no history of mood disorder, after exclusion of organic etiologies. Although it is believed to be rare in elderly populations, the authors nonetheless report 6 cases encountered over a 2-year period. The literature regarding mania among elderly people is reviewed, and the authors formulate their recommendations in view of more frequent recognition and better management of these patients.