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
Three or more of the following symptoms last for a
significant period of time:
Inflated self-esteem or unrealistic feelings
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)
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
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 - Family Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health