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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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With bipolar does hypomania always precede mania?

With bipolar does hypomania always precede mania?

In addition: Changes in mood can be abrupt, whether these moods constitute normal variability or extremes. Moods are like the weather, not just poetically, but scientifically, subject to what are called "phase transitions". Most importantly, mixed states of mania and depression exist are are very dangerous--these are not just the "average" of both. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
151 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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With bipolar, does hypomania always precede mania?

With bipolar, does hypomania always precede mania?

Bipolar: Not necessarily, but appears more in bipolar type 2 younger females, at least from my experience. ...Read more

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Can depression trigger manic episodes?

Can depression trigger manic episodes?

Not exactly: Depression and manic episodes can be part of the same disorder -- bipolar disorder. This is a problem with mood stability. One pole does not really trigger the other, but the person's mood may shift quickly back and forth. More commonly the shifts occur over longer time period, and there may be a time of relatively normal mood appearing before a manic episode. ...Read more

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What's manic depression?

What's manic depression?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) trigger manic episodes?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) trigger manic episodes?

If a person : Has mani depression and appears to be only depressed, antidepressant can trigger manic episodes. If you or someone you know is on an antidepressant and seems to become manic, see a psychiatrist ASAP. They need to reevaluate the medication and the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

Rare but possible: Rarely, a clinical depressive episode is so severe that low mood is accompanied by psychosis, often seen as a loss of reality with derogating auditory hallucinations, paranoia and sometimes suicidal thoughts. This is treatable, but needs to be dealt with immediately by seeing a psychiatrist. If in danger of harming self or others, then first seek care at the emergency room or call 911. ...Read more

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Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

This distinction may: Be understood & applied to ur case on talking w ur MD. In very basic terms, what distinguishes bipolar I from bipolar II is presence of mania, as opposed to hypomania only. Some sxs are severe enough that they only occur in Bipolar I or mixed episodes including delusions, sxs, necessitating immediate hospitalization, catatonic sxs. Talk with ur md abt ur case specifically for best dx & care! :) ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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What can trigger bipolar mania?

What can trigger bipolar mania?

Many things: Mania can happen on its own, with no apparent cause aside from the underlying illness. Nonetheless, several possible triggers are known and include: sleep deprivation stress antidepressant medications anticholinergic medications drugs of abuse Speaking of abused drugs, stimulants like meth or cocaine are well known. However, marijuana can be a really potent mood destabilizer in bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Maybe: Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant. Many antidepresants including Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause patients who have bipolar disorder or who are prone to symptoms of bipolar, to develop bipolar symptoms. The best way to avoid this is to work with a psychiatrist who can provide meds for both the depressive and the manic symptoms of bipolar moods. ...Read more

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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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Does seroquel (quetiapine) work for depressive bipolar?

Does seroquel (quetiapine) work for depressive bipolar?

It can.: Bipolar disorder involves both mania and depression. Seroquel (quetiapine) has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar disorder. Not all medications are helpful for all people. It is important that you work with your doctor and take your medications consistently so that you find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more

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Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

No: Manic depression is a serious mental disorder which leads to more than mood swings. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. * Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk ...Read more

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Is manic depression the same as bein borderline bipolar or bein bipolar?

Is manic depression the same as bein borderline  bipolar or bein bipolar?

Manic depression: "manic depressive" illness is an older term for bipolar disorder. "borderline" is a type of personality disorder -- very different problem although affective instability may be part of both. The drivers for each are different, borderline pd generally going "off" when fears of abandonment are triggered. Bipolar (manic depressive) d/o doesn't require that for a manic or depressive episode. ...Read more

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How is insight in bipolar disorder 2 ( hypomania )?

How is insight in bipolar disorder 2 ( hypomania )?

Not sure: Not sure what you're asking. Try to reword your answer, so we can help. ...Read more

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Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

See below: Are these new or old symptoms? Are you or have you started any new medication? Tried any new drugs? All these things potentially might have an effect on you. It's always a good idea to rule out anything medical going on. You might want to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for a complete work up and then take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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