Hypomania and Mania

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Hypomania and Mania in Bipolar Disorder

by doctorbipolar

Bipolar mania, hypomania, and depression are symptoms of bipolar disorder. The dramatic mood episodes of bipolar disorder do not follow a set pattern — depression does not always follow mania. A person may experience the same mood state several times — for weeks, months, even years at a time — before suddenly having the opposite mood. Also, the severity of mood phases can differ from person to person.

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. Hypomania is a mood that many don’t perceive as a problem. It actually may feel pretty good. You have a greater sense of well-being and productivity. However, for someone with bipolar disorder, hypomania can evolve into mania — or can switch into serious depression.

The experience of these manic stages has been described this way:

Hypomania:At first when I’m high, it’s tremendous … ideas are fast … like shooting stars you follow until brighter ones appear… All shyness disappears, the right words and gestures are suddenly there … uninteresting people, things become intensely interesting. Sensuality is pervasive, the desire to seduce and be seduced is irresistible. Your marrow is infused with unbelievable feelings of ease, power, well-being, omnipotence, euphoria … you can do anything … but somewhere this changes.

Mania:The fast ideas start coming too fast and there are far too many … overwhelming confusion replaces clarity … you stop keeping up with it … memory goes. Infectious humor ceases to amuse. Your friends become frightened … everything is now against the grain … you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and trapped.

If you have three or more of the mania symptoms below most of the day — nearly every day — for one week or longer, you may be having a manic episode of bipolar disorder:

         Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
  • Sudden changes from being joyful to being irritable, angry, and hostile
  • Restlessness, increased energy, and less need for sleep
  • Rapid talk, talkativeness
  • Distractibility
  • Racing thoughts
  • High sex drive
  • Tendency to make grand and unattainable plans
  • Tendency to show poor judgment, such as impulsively deciding to quit a job
  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity — unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability, intelligence, and powers; may be delusional
  • Increased reckless behaviors (such as lavish spending sprees, impulsive sexual indiscretions, abuse of alcohol or drugs, or ill-advised business decisions)

Some people with bipolar disorder become psychotic, hearing things that aren’t there. They may hold onto false beliefs, and cannot be swayed from them. In some instances, they see themselves as having superhuman skills and powers — even consider themselves to be god-like.

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Bipolar – My early Symptoms

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In middle school grade 7 and 8 I acted out acted up in class so frequently I was sent to the principals office on a regular basis. Thank God Mr. Hutchison decided to work with me and I ended up doing well in both middle and High school.

Same time period age 15, a friend and I snuck out at night and threw stones at big lighted signs to break them and stole cars from garages and went for joy rides. We ended up crashing at least one and ended up in court.

High School – Ran for school president but so grandiose that I did not think I needed to campaign or write out my speech – ended up blowing it and embarrassing myself.

This is all on the manic side – cannot think of any depression symptoms up to first year university fall – first incidence of SADD.

Classic depression in fall of 1971 1972 – SADD

Mallory, Weston, Europe, Kearney – cannot recall any problems

1980’s at RH got irritable, angry with new boss – blew up – got fired

I had been planning $8.5 million leveraged buyout – moved ahead leaving security of a good job and risking everything. Key symptom here was a lack of control – feeling of acting on autopilot Company later went down – Massive disruption to family.

A Poem by Shenji Moon


April 15, 2013 · by Elaine · in Monday Poems
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Shinji Moon is eighteen years old living in Manhattan. She studies English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at NYU. She has published a book of poetry, The Anatomy of Being and has had poems published in The Alembic, West 10th, and Freckled Magazine.

This week’s poem is called “If I Left You a Voice Mail, This Would Be It.” I didn’t want to share it at first because it holds a very special and painful meaning to me, etc. but decided to share because poems are meant to be read not kept hidden in the dark corners of memory. Anyway, I hope you like it.

“I almost miss the sound of your voice but know that the rain
outside my window will suffice for tonight.
I’m not drunk yet, but we haven’t spoken in months now
and I wanted to tell you that someone threw a bouquet of roses
in the trash bin on the corner of my street, and I wanted to cry
because, because —
you know exactly why.

And, I guess I’m calling because only you understand
how that would break my heart.

I’m running out of things to say. My gas is running on empty.
I’ve stopped stealing pages out of poetry books, but last week I pocketed a thesaurus
and looked for synonyms for you but could only find rain and more rain
and a thunderstorm that sounded like glass, like crystal, like an orchestra.

I wanted to tell you that I’m not afraid of being moved anymore;
Not afraid of this heart packing up its things and flying transcontinental
with only a wool coat and a pocket with a folded-up address inside.

I’ve saved up enough money to disappear.
I know you never thought the day would come.

Do you remember when we said goodbye and promised that
it was only for then? It’s been years since I last saw you, years
since we last have spoken.

Sometimes, it gets quiet enough that I can hear the cicadas rubbing their thighs
against each other’s.

I’ve forgotten almost everything about you already, except that
your skin was soft, like the belly of a peach, and
how you would laugh,
making fun of me for the way I pronounced almonds
like I was falling in love
with language.”

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Manic Symptoms

The Bipolar Handbook
Wes Burgess MD, PhD

Pg. 11. What are true Manic Symptoms?

“A distinct period of abnormally and persistently irritable, elevated, and /or expansive mood lasting at least one week. and ….

“B three or more of the following symptoms ….:

  1. decreased need for sleep
  2. talkative
  3. rapid thoughts
  4. distractible
  5. Over focussed on work
  6. Takes risky chances
  7. Has inflated sense of self esteem

“C. The symptoms cause problems in major areas of life such as work, school…relationships…”

“It is very important to note that the dominant emotion in mania can be and often is irritability and anger. “

The Bipolar Handbook on “hairpin”


The Bipolar Handbook
Wes Burgess MD, PhD

Pg. 12 ” I do not believe bipolar disorder is like a line with mania at one end and depression on the other, and normalcy in between…….. Instead I see bipolar disorder like a hairpin with normalcy at one end and both mania and depression on the other. This is the only way to explain why both manic and depressed symptoms are often seen at the same time.”