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With bipolar does hypomania always precede mania?

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In brief: 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.

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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.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
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In brief: No

The difference between mania and hypo mania is in part severity of symptoms and in some cases the development of mania may be gradual and preceded by hypomania, but mania also.

In brief: No

The difference between mania and hypo mania is in part severity of symptoms and in some cases the development of mania may be gradual and preceded by hypomania, but mania also.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. John Moranville
Mania is also qualitatively different and may occur without progressing through hypomania. An episode qualifies as a manic episode if psychosis or thought disorder is involved and/or legal problems, and/or hospitalization.
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