Hypomania shares symptoms and characteristics with the mania aspects of bipolar disorder but to a less severe degree. Hypomanic episodes do not result in hospitalisation unless they move into being defined as manic episodes, which have a more marked effect on social functioning and relationships with those around the sufferer.
Symptoms of hypomania include for example:
The treatment for hypomania is similar to that for mania – talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are very effective, although in some cases medication, usually mood stabilisers, is necessary. Most people who have suffered from a hypomanic episode in the past are able to recognise when one might be approaching and can try to prevent it. In these situations it is helpful to try and promote a feeling of calm, so avoid using stimulants such as caffeine, and get plenty of sleep.
Sometimes hypomania is caused by an overactive thyroid, which means that the metabolic rate is too high. This can be easily treated with medication.
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