This is generally classed as a milder form of mania.

Most definitions describe hypomania as including increased energy and activity levels that are not as severe as typical mania. The person may have episodes which last less than a week and do not require emergency care and during a hypomanic episode may feel very good, be highly productive, and function well. This person may not feel that anything is wrong even as family and friends recognize the mood swings as possible bipolar disorder. Without proper treatment, however, people with hypomania may develop severe mania or depression. The latter sentence strikes a chord because it was my hypomania that saw me admitting myself to hospital on two occasions. Another difference is that I rarely feel good when hypomanic, in fact I find it quite uncomfortable and feel the need to ‘’come down’’ – hence the self-medication.

My book explains the forms hypomania take for me….and it’s not pleasant!

In short everything is too fast. The foot is constantly revving the accelerator.

I do not like mania of any degree. It reminds me of being vulnerable and out of control and how easy it is to end up in hospital. I do think if I take my medication and NEVER drink then I can control it and hopefully won’t be admitted again. That said I would have absolutely no shame if indeed I felt unable to cope at home and hospital was my only recourse.

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