Life events precipitating mania.

  title={Life events precipitating mania.},
  author={Sidney Kennedy and Richard William Thompson and Harvey C. Stancer and Alec Roy and E Persad},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
A study of 20 manic patients, with patient and matched control comparisons, showed a two fold increase in life events during the 4 month period before admission to hospital. Life events, independent of affective illness and having significant objective negative impact (i.e. traumatic) were significantly more common. These findings are considered in relation to social relationships, family history of affective illness and the use of psychotropic medication.