Hypomania And Mania

What Are Hypomania And Mania
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What Are They?

Hypomania and mania are periods of over-active and excited behaviour that have a significant impact on your day-to-day life.

Hypomania And Mania
  • Hypomania is a milder version of mania that lasts for a short period (a few days)
  • Mania is a more severe form that lasts for a longer period (a week or more).

They can be experienced as part of a mood disorder – such as bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum psychosis or schizoaffective disorder – or as a diagnosis on their own.

Some people find hypomania and mania enjoyable, whereas for other people it is a very uncomfortable, distressing and unpleasant experience.

I love being hypomanic because I feel as though I’m on top of the world and can and will do anything I want, but I hate it because I feel so disconnected from everyone else.

Hypomania lasts for a few days, and is less severe than mania. It can still have a disruptive effect on your life and people may notice a change in your mood and behaviour. But you will usually be able to continue with your daily activities without these being too badly affected.

How You Might Feel
  • happy, euphoric, with a sense of wellbeing
  • lots of energy
  • sociable
  • racing thoughts
  • creative and full of ideas and plans
  • like you can perform tasks better and more quickly than normal
  • impatient, irritable or angry
  • confident, with high self esteem
  • attractive, flirtatious and/or with more sexual desire
  • restless, on edge and having difficulty relaxing
  • heightened senses – colours may seem brighter, sounds louder and things more beautiful
How You Might Behave
  • talking a lot and very quickly – to the point that others may not be able to understand or interrupt
  • jumping quickly between unrelated topics, or saying things that don't make sense to other people
  • being rude, angry or aggressive
  • doing or saying things that are inappropriate and out of character
  • losing social inhibitions
  • forgetting to look after yourself – forgetting to eat or drink, for example
  • misusing drugs or alcohol taking serious risks with your safety
  • spending money excessively and inappropriately
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