Mania, hypomania, and depression that follow each other are the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Your mood swings and because of this disorder your feelings often do not have the precise rhythm and sequence. Mania is not necessarily followed by a depression immediately. People with bipolar disorder can experience the same stage multiple times for several weeks, months and even years in a row before the mood changed again later to the opposite. The severity of each stage can also vary significantly in different people. For this reason, people with this kind of disorder often don’t think to seek help and they are not even aware that they suffer from the bipolar syndrome.
Hypomania, as a manifestation of bipolar disorder, may not cause special troubles and problems. Hypomania is a milder form of mania, and in most cases, it doesn’t make you worry about your health, but on the contrary, makes you feel great. During the period of hypomania, there is a feeling of unprecedented success and productivity, it seems that everything goes for you and everything is possible. However, not all is well — in some patients with bipolar disorder hypomania turns into a mania incrementally, with all its dangerous and risky manifestations or severe and deep depression.
Is This Mania, or You Just Feeling lucky?
Being in a great mood is certainly wonderful, there is no doubt about it. However, you should pay more attention to your condition, as maybe this transitory euphoria is actually a period of mania in bipolar disorder?
If you discover three or more mania symptoms from the following list for more than a week, it is likely that at the moment you are experiencing a period of bipolar disorder.
·A feeling of unusual joy, hope, enthusiasm
·Increased energy and vigor
·Reduced need for sleep
·The sudden change of mood from joyful to irritable and tense
·Distractibility, difficulty concentrating
·Increased sexual drive and activity
·Inclination for making sudden and rash decisions
·Insistent and excessive confidence, the abilities, the enormous capabilities
·Inclination for reckless, risky behavior, irresponsible behavior
Hypomania is manifested without the overt excitement and anxiety, in contrast to mania, it does not interrupt the social interactions and does not have so much impact on human behavior in general. However, as hypomania evolves into mania, the symptoms grow worse, hallucinations may appear, self-confidence can turn into delusions of grandeur and such reckless behavior may become dangerous for life.
Listen to your mind and body, if the symptoms of hypomania can be referred to the symptoms of bipolar disorder, consult a specialist as soon as possible. Bipolar disorder is a treatable disease and symptoms can be taken under control. Don’t let emotions, even the positive ones, take hold of your life — learn to manage your feelings and emotions.