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Hypomanic episode

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A hypomanic episode is defined by the DSM as a period of 4 days with abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irratible mood.

and may also have the following symptoms (at least 3 or more) are persistent:

  • inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
  • decreased need for sleep
  • more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
  • flight of ideas or racing thoughts
  • distractability
  • increase in goal-directed activity
  • excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have high potential for painful consequences

To meet clinical standards these symptoms also must be significantly different from a person's typical behavior and it must be observable by others.

The condition is also not caused or explained by the following:

  • Due to effects of drugs or medication
  • Due to a medical condition


Mood disorders as diagnosed by the DSM edit
Mood episodes: Major depressive episode Manic episode Mixed episode Hypomanic episode

Depressive disorders: Major depressive disorder Dysthymic disorder Depressive disorder NOS (PMDD)

Bipolar disorders: Bipolar I disorder Bipolar II disorder Cyclothymic disorder Bipolar disorder NOS

Other mood disorders: Mood disorder due to a general medical condition Substance-induced mood disorder Mood disorder NOS

Episode specifiers: Severity Psychotic Remission Chronic Catatonic Melancholic Atypical Postpartum

Course specifiers: Longitudinal Seasonal (SAD) Rapid cycling

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