Hypomania/hypomanic episodes

Literally- ‘below mania’.

Classically 3 or more characteristic symptoms, clearly abnormal, lasting >4 days but usually <7 and, by definition, not serious enough to warrant admission to hospital or interfere with social activities or work.

Characteristic sx:

  • Mildly elevated, expansive or irritable mood
  • Increased energy and activity
  • Marked feelings of well-being, physical and mental efficiency
  • increased self esteem
  • Sociability
  • Talkativeness
  • Overfamiliarity
  • Increased sex drive
  • Reduced need for sleep
  • Difficulty in focusing on (or finishing) one task

Rarely requires any serious treatment.

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