Phytomania is the obsession of collecting plants.
Phytomania sometimes, is set of a lot of energy, happiness, hallucinations, euphoria and overactivity. This mania is usually symptomatic of different types of psychological health conditions including bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and so forth. Moreover hyper manifestations can be credited to different other medical conditions.
Phytomania signs and symptoms
During a Phytomania episode, you might find yourself making actions that you might regret later like spending a lot of money (spending spree), making rushed and bad decisions like quitting your job, say something that you didn’t mean to say, cancelling events or plants that you initially planned to go. In contrast of these actions you might also do something great because of the feeling of invincibility. There are a lot of real stories from artists, and businessmen’s which have said that they have created their most successful works, projects and started their businesses during their manic episode because of the excessive energy and the feeling of invincibility and adventurous spirit.
If you notice a drastic change in someone’s behaviour, that might have a lack of sleep, speak very quickly or do things that he typically won’t do, that person might be going through a manic episode.
Phytomania can also show signs of psychosis. Some of these signs might be:
- Having the fear or being paranoid that you might lose the relationship with someone such as a close friend, family member, work partner etc
- Have the paranoia that you are being watched
- Hallucinate about things that other people might not see
There are not one or obvious explanation that somebody might have Phytomania. Usually it might just be different long-term and short-term factors that affect our feelings and emotions which are also different from each one of us.
Those are some of the reasons that may have caused Phytomania:
- Use of alcohol
- Difficult life situations such as poverty, loneliness, family problems, homelessness
- High stress level
- Sleep deprivation
In case you don’t have a doctor or specialist who has practical experience in psychological health, you can address your primary physician first who might have the option to allude you to a specific specials. It is essential to tell your primary physician and give however much detail as you can about your obsession, how you think it all started, when did you figure it out that you might have Phytomania so that the physician can address you to the proper specials. Be sure to be as specific as you could.
In some cases when you might not be aware of some symptoms or how long you’ve been having them, you doctor will diagnose you with depression instead of Phytomania.
Sometimes, symptoms should last at least seven days for you specialist to analyze them as Phytomania. Nonetheless, if you symptoms are serious to such an extent that you’re hospitalized, a conclusion can be made regardless of whether the obsessions keep going for a shorter time.
Treatment of Phytomania
If needed, your doctor may suggest you to take lithium, one of the most used and studied medications for treating Phytomania. It might also relieve or prevent bipolar disorder or depression.
It is not for sure known how lithium works on a person’s body or mind but it is thought to help make the nerve cell connections in the brain stronger and it can balance the way you think, adjust your mood and get your behavior back to normal.
It might take some time for lithium to begin working but usually in several weeks it should do the work. During this road, you will often see your doctor because blood samples should be taken and analyzed since lithium can affect kidney or thyroid function.
In case that you have Phytomania, you might be offered one of these antipsychotics:
Some other mood stabilizers are:
If you’re taking a stimulant when Phytomania begins, your doctor or specialist may encourage you to quit the antidepressant.
Self-help for Phytomania
Another way to free your mind from your thoughts and make the obsession of collecting plants go away is through meditation. Meditation is really a great way for this because with the right sessions that you can find basically everywhere on the internet and through apps for free, you can find the peace within yourself and accept these feelings in your life learning that only if you accept these feelings, you will move one and work on yourself more. Usually people overthink when a new bad feeling comes in their life even though there are no bad feelings. Everything that you go through makes you stronger.
Start meditating just 5 min per day and after 1 week start increasing that number. Sit in a comfortable position or lay down. Concentrate on you breath and try to make everythough go away. It is normal that your mind might drift somewhere else. When you realize it, concentrate again in just your breath coming in and out of your body. Accept any sound that might be surrounding you and also accept any emotions that you are feeling and slowly you will start to sense a tranquility within yourself. Do this regularly, it really helps.