According to About.com – Bipolar Disorder – one of the criteria for diagnosing a hypomanic episode is excessive gaiety, an expansive mood; someone who seems over excited, talks all the time and at great speed and behaves in a grandiose way, as if he or she owns the world. The person may have spurts or bouts of recklessness and make investments he later regrets. Another sign might also be that the person is wearing outrageous clothing and engaging strangers in conversation. Hypomania is usually accompanied by restlessness and other behaviors.
To be diagnosed as hypomanic, there is a sustained or high mood for at least four days – and for proper diagnosis the person must experience at least three of the following symptoms:
- The person can run on very little sleep,
- He or she talks more than usual,
- Thoughts race through your head and you are easily distracted,
- The person feels forced to complete a project,
- The person believes that he or she is better than everyone else at doing something,
- The person becomes engaged with pleasurable activities with a high risk for painful consequences.
1 The symptoms of hypomania are not severe enough to call for hospitalization,
2 Someone suffering from hypomania does not have hallucinations and delusions,
3 The impairment in functioning is not marked, meaning that while a hypomanic person may talk too much at a party, a manic person might jump on the table and start singing.
4 Hypomanic persons need treatment as an exaggerated mood can lead to other problems such as a ruined relationship or a sexually transmitted disease; there can also be financial hardship as a result of reckless spending.
5 Treatment includes mood stabilizers and is the most common way to treat hypomania. If you or someone in your family appears to suffer from hypomania consult a psychiatrist experienced in diagnosing and treating hypomania and bipolar disorder. Experiencing one or two signs or symptoms does not necessarily mean that you are hypomanic or bipolar. For more information go online and read more on the subject.