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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hypomania (Overview)

Hypomania is a state of mind characterized by sustained, elevated, expansive or irritable mood, plus unusually and persistently increased activity for most of the day over at least four days. The degree is less than full mania. The person is easily distractible, yet may be driven to accomplish many goals. Thoughts are rapid; speech can be pressured. May get by on little sleep. No psychosis.


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What is hypomania?

What is hypomania?

Just "below" mania: Decreased sleep, very outgoing, energetic and competitive, increased sexuality, impulsiveness, risk-taking, fleet of mind. Often fully functioning. If associated with episodes of depression it is a "milder" form of manic-depression known as bipolar ii. Though it is often associated with heightened productivity, it should not be dismissed as having no cost-these are less visible than in full mania. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
143 doctors shared insights

Hypomania (Overview)

Hypomania is a state of mind characterized by sustained, elevated, expansive or irritable mood, plus unusually and persistently increased activity for most of the day over at least four days. The degree is less than full mania. The person is easily distractible, yet may be driven to accomplish many goals. Thoughts are rapid; speech can be pressured. May get by on little sleep. No psychosis.


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Can you get hypomania as a symptom of cyclothymia? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get hypomania as a symptom of cyclothymia? What are the other symptoms?

Cyclothymia: By definition cyclothymia has episodes of hypomania alternating with minor depression. It is not one of our reliable diagnoses. I see it as one of the 'bipolar spectrum' conditions. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain what hypomania feels like and your symptoms?

Can anyone explain what hypomania feels like and your symptoms?

From Kay Jamison: "two aspects of thinking in particular are pronounced in both creative and hypomanic thought: fluency, rapidity, and flexibility of thought on the one hand, and the ability to combine ideas or categories of thought in order to form new and original connections on the other...Rapid, fluid, and divergent thought in the creative process". ...Read more

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Increase in physical energy on third day of Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg. Is this a good sign? I don't feel like it's hypomania or mania.

Increase in physical energy on third day of Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg. Is this a good sign? I don't feel like it's hypomania or mania.

Yes: It is a good sign, although early to be an effect there are some who respond sooner than others. Is there someone close to you who can observe and let you know if you are becoming hypomanic? Symptoms to be concerned about are irritability, sleeplessness, overspending, sexual promiscuity, angry outbursts and very poor judgment. I doubt you will experience these. Happiness, however, is desired. ...Read more

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How to know if I have hypomania?

How to know if I have hypomania?

Mania: If you never had natures highs followed by crashes... Doubt you have mania. You always know it. That's the point. When you feel euphoric, elated, tremendous energy that is a bad sign, rather than enjoying it , call your md, and do what he says you will save lot of heart aches later. ...Read more

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Please answer! what medications, if any out there cause hypomania?

Please answer! what medications, if any out there cause hypomania?

Several: Hypomania, or low/under mania, is a mild form of mania. There are several possible medications that can play a role in an onset of hypomania. Specific questions are best directed to your PCP or pharmacist. ...Read more

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24 y old f was on(retinoids) for 8months, make depressed.Once stop retinoid develope hypomania, diagnosed organic bipolar2, treated, need drugs for life?

24 y old f was on(retinoids) for 8months, make depressed.Once stop retinoid develope hypomania, diagnosed organic bipolar2, treated, need drugs for life?

Unknown: After an medication-induced mood disorder, it's uncertain whether you will need medications indefinitely. Make sure to stay on the medications until all bipolar symptoms are stabilized, then discuss with your prescriber how long to stay on the medications. ...Read more

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Today is thursday.Is hypomania an emergency that needs a therapy in a short time? Or it is possible to wait till monday to see a psychiatrist?

Today is thursday.Is hypomania an emergency that needs a therapy in a short time?  Or it is possible to wait till monday to see a psychiatrist?

Yes, emergency: Yes -- if hypomanic you need to call your psychiatrist now so that you can get help. I don't see any medications in your information though -- so if you are not in treatment now, please go to an er to be seen before this gets worse. Do not wait until monday! ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

Onychophagia: Treating the underlying anxiety - or possibly bipolar disorder - can go a long way in helping. For those with generalized anxiety disorder, Buspirone can be very effective. If hypomania, mood stabilization may assist. Cognitive behavior therapies would emphasize alternative means of anxiety relief including relaxation protocols, distress tolerance strategies, and exposure. Rub a worry stone? ...Read more