December 6, 2021


An elevated mood state, like that of euphoria, lasting at least 4 days...

Mania is an elevated mood state, like that of euphoria, that is a component of bipolar disorder. Hypomania is a milder form of mania that can occur apart from bipolar and typically lasts for at least four days. If untreated, hypomania often leads to regrettable behaviors.


Hypomania may manifest in the following symptoms:

  1. Higher than normal energy
  2. Restlessness
  3. Decreased need for sleep
  4. Increased self-confidence
  5. Talkative 
  6. Easily distracted
  7. Engaging in risky behaviors
  8. Poor decision making

Causes of Hypomania

Aside from bipolar disorder, which may be a result of biological differences in the brain and may have a genetic component, hypomania can also be brought on by: 

  1. Sleep deprivation
  2. Medication
  3. Alcohol use  
  4. Drug use
  5. Period of high stress


Treatment for hypomania may include any of the following options:

  • Prescription Medications such as antipsychotics or mood-stabilizing medications to help manage symptoms of hypomania
  • Psychotherapy can be used to help normalize thought patterns and manage emotions 
  • Lifestyle modification can also help