Hypomania - Treatment, Symptom of Hypomania, bipolar hypomania


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Hypomania - Treatment, Symptom of Hypomania, bipolar hypomania

Hypomania Definition ?

Hypomania is the mild form of mania. Hypomanic episodes are usually rapid in onset and can last from several weeks to months. People with hypomania do not experience delusions. Hypomanic people tend to be unusually cheerful, have more than ample energy, and need little sleep. Hypomania is usually not so problematic as to severely affect a person's work or social life.

Hypomania is defined as a mild or moderate manic state characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity, euphoria, and racing thoughts. Hypomania can be distinguished from normal happiness by its persistence, non-reactivity and social disability.

Bipolar Hypomania disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the adult population. The less severe form of high in bipolar disorder is hypomania . Symptoms of bi-polar Hypomania disorder range from extreme mania to deep depression.

Causes of Hypomania

The cause of Hypomania is unknown. Some causes are -

  • heredity factors,
  • occupation (high stress occupations),
  • age (tends to occurs between 20 and 55 years of age), and
  • sex (predominantly see in males).

Symptom of Hypomania

The symptoms are similar with elevated mood, increased activity, decreased need for sleep , grandiosity, racing thoughts, and the like.

Followings are some observed symptom of Hypomania -

  • irritability, intolerance and rage
  • Increased activity and high energy levels
  • Increase in goal-directed activity
  • Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities.
  • Increased interest in uncharacteristic sexual flirting.
  • Lack of inhibitions and increased sexual drive
  • Increased alcohol consumption.
  • Making lots of plans.

Treatment of Hypomania

Mania can vary in severity from hypomania, where, in addition to mood and energy elevation, the person shows mild impairment of judgement and insight, to severe mania. The same medications as for mania. These include mood stabilizers such as lithium, Tegretol, Depakote, Topamax, Lamictil and Neurontin.

Hypomania can be difficult to diagnose because it may masquerade as mere happiness.

  • Engage yourself in relaxing and calming activities. Stay away from over stimulating environments.
  • Do not consume excess sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Eat balanced diet.

Cyclothymia : Cyclothymia is a chronic form of bipolar disorder. Cyclothymia disorder is characterized by mood swings from mania to depression.

Neurasthenia: Neurasthenia covers a wide spectrum of symptoms, including painful sensations or numbness in parts of the body, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and fainting.


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