Hypomania in 900 Words


“Hypomania has many faces.

Most of the words below came from patients who experienced it.



Thoughts move like a  ping-pong ball



Cleaning the house all night

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Strong desire to reconnect with old friends or lovers

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Interest shifts from one thing to another, can’t finish anything

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More puns or play on words

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Easily overstimulated


Seductive or flirtatious as if playing a role

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Tired and wired at the same time

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Buying things with pleasure

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Engaging in lots of new pursuits


No verbal filter- blurt things out

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Heightened sensations: colors are brighter, sounds are louder



Acute sense of humor or irony


Spending too much money

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Intense romantic life

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Full of plans and projects

Never met a stranger

Disregard for authority


Dramatic or high-fashion clothing

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Frequently changing lovers


Feeling people stare or laugh at you

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Not bound by everyday social etiquette


Like to be the center of attention

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High curiosity, interested in everything and everybody

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Driving recklessly or speeding

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Over-commit: Could not say “no” to opportunities, even with no time to do them

Felt particularly strong and invulnerable, resistant to illnesses and accidents

Doing things to excess


Very assertive

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Enjoy your work more


Sudden travel plans

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When your daily routines are disrupted, you get irritable or have trouble functioning


A slightly paranoid feeling, feeling that comments are directed at you

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So many thoughts and ideas all at once that it’s hard to express them


Other were attracted to your confidence, energy and enthusiasm

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So noisy, for example, with music or TV, that others complained


Very impatient

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Other thought you were irresponsible



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Puns or word play


Warm, extroverted and social

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People can’t keep up with you

Hearing things, even just your name being called

Emotionally expressive


Emotions shift rapidly from happy to sad

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Making foolish business or major life decisions


Tended to break rules or the law a little

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Self-assured, charismatic, a natural leader



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Suddenly changing hair styles, color, or other fashions

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Greater mental clarity


Taking risks easily

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Seeing things, such as shadows or bugs


Collecting, buying multiples of the same thing

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Enjoy dangerous, risky, challenging or emotionally intense activities

Easily distracted


Frequently changed jobs, homes, friends, hobbies

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Feeling overly certain about your own ideas

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More interested in sex


Do things more quickly and easily

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Stubborn, one-track mind

See connections in things others miss


Exhausting or irritating to others

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Mistrusting the intentions of others

More optimistic



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Vigorous, much livelier than usual, and fully of energy


Felt really good about how you looked

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Can’t think before you act


Unusually high self-esteem, feelings of superiority, or unrealistic ideas that you had amazing abilities, talents, knowledge or powers

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Multiple trains of thought, like you can carry on a conversation while another track is writing a short story


Intense enjoyment or appreciation of artistic works

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Overly carefree

Felt you could make decisions for others because you knew their thoughts, intentions, or wishes


More fluent with words

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You went for days without sleeping or with much less sleep than usual but didn’t feel tired

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Overly talkative, spoke rapidly, and loudly

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Sped up inside


Easily caught up in addictive things, like gambling, sweets, porn, drugs

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If, for some reason, you get much less sleep than normal for you, you found that you actually had more energy rather than less the next day

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Interrupting others

Mystical experiences or visions

Driven to do something but don’t know what to do


Giving lots of presents

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A lot of activity makes it hard for you to wind down and sleep at night

The smallest thing makes you very enthusiastic


Self-assured, feeling you are incapable of making mistakes, and indifferent to criticism

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Felt like you had extrasensory perception (ESP)

Time moves quickly


Made very important decisions (such as selling or buying a house or car, or changing jobs) quickly

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Vivid tastes and smells


An irresistible urge to communicate by phone, letters, emails or texts

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Drawn to bright colors or red hues


The life of the party

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You often see humor where others miss it

A sense of oneness with things


Gravitate toward colorful clothing

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Ideas came and went with unusual ease


Urges to self-medicate, to calm your nerves



Ending relationships suddenly

Particularly sensitive to shapes, forms, and harmony in nature

Spent a lot of time on social, political or religious causes


Vindictive, a need to even the score

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Leaving big tips


More physically active

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Did the opposite of what people wanted you to do or played the devil’s advocate


Artistic and creative

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Crying and laughing at the same time

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Unusually spiritual or mystical


Binging on food


Critical or sarcastic

Usually argumentative


Felt you were mentally very sharp, brilliant, and clever

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Mood and energy heightened in the spring


Musical, rhyming, or dancing a lot

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Irritable at small things


A lot of daydreaming, fantasy

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Decorating or reorganizing the house a lot

Great difficulty seeing others’ points of view


Felt unappreciated because others did not understand or share your optimistic or imaginative ideas

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Your mood, energy, interest and efficiency improved if you were in a regular routine

Thoughts jump from topic to topic

Wanting to decorate your body with tattoos, piercings, or make-up


Inappropriate jokes”

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Source: “Bipolar, Not So Much” Appendix B

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