Hypomanic episodes can occur in people who have mood disorders. Hypomanic episodes are less severe than manic episodes, although a hypomanic episode can still interfere with your ability to function properly.
Hypomania may be diagnosed if:
A distinct period of elevated or irritable mood occurs in which the mood is clearly different from a regular non-depressed mood.
Three or more of the following symptoms last for a significant period of time:
Inflated self-esteem or unrealistic feelings of importance
Decreased need for sleep (feels rested after only a few hours of sleep)
Racing thoughts or flight of ideas
Being easily distracted
An increase in goal-directed activity (work or personal)
Irresponsible behaviours that may have serious consequences, such as going on shopping sprees, engaging in increased sexual activity, or making foolish business investments
The mood or behaviour change is noticeable to others.
The episode is not severe enough to cause impairment in social or job functioning and does not require hospitalization.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD, FAAFP - Family Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health