10 Symptoms of Hypomania

Exuberance or Hypomania?

Exuberance or Hypomania?

“Hypomania?  That’s what we all want!” a consulting physician told me, her eyes twinkling.  It’s the mood state between mania and depression—and for many people, it’s the fun part.

Hypomania’s “pleasant state is characterized by:

1.  Excessive exhilaration

2.  Increased creativity

3.  Racing thoughts

4.  High sex drive

5.  Inflated self-esteem

6.  Increased talkativeness and sociability

However, its not-so-great qualities may include:

7.  Distractibility

8.  Irritability

9.  Reckless (and usually destructive) behaviors such as excessive spending

10.Poor judgment

Most of us experience times—hours or days—when we feel a surge of happiness or creativity; that doesn’t mean that we’re bipolar.  During the long New England winter, a sunny day is enough to make anyone feel hypomanic!  In the midst of a true hypomania, people with bipolar disorder can recognize and control their symptoms and, with the help of a physician, avoid shifting from hypomania to depression or mania.

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About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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