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

 

Overreactive

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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

 

Restless

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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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Charismatic

 

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

 

Hostile

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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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Perfectionist

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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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