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What's the difference between hypomania and mania?

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Someone with bipolar disorder can have dramatic mood swings. You can go from the depths of depression to the racing thoughts, extreme energy, and wired feelings that doctors call mania.

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. It actually may feel pretty good because your mood is up and you have more energy than usual, but it’s not out of control.

For someone with bipolar disorder, hypomania can evolve into mania. Or it can switch to serious depression. And you can’t tell which one might happen, because the pattern isn’t predictable.

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program: “Understanding bipolar disorder: Frequently asked questions.”

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Health Service: “Understanding Mania and Hypomania.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute for Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program: “Understanding bipolar disorder: Frequently asked questions.”

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

National Health Service: “Understanding Mania and Hypomania.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 23, 2018

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