hy·​po·​ma·​nia | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce hypomania (audio) , -nyə\

Definition of hypomania

: a mild mania especially when part of bipolar disorder

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hypomanic \ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce hypomanic (audio) \ adjective

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If someone is already in a full mania/hypomania or depression, medication is needed to treat symptoms. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 Not everyone with bipolar disorder goes through hypomania. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things to Know About the Surprisingly Subtle Hypomanic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder," 30 Nov. 2018 For people with bipolar II, depressive episodes seem to dominate, and periods of mania come in the form of hypomania, which tends to be less severe than the mania seen in bipolar I, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Korin Miller, SELF, "Mariah Carey Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder 17 Years Ago, But Only Recently Sought Treatment," 11 Apr. 2018 People who experience milder manic episodes— called hypomania — can seem energetic and productive, rather than deranged. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate," 7 June 2018 Carey was diagnosed with bipolar II, a form of bipolar disorder that involves periods of depression and hypomania. Korin Miller, SELF, "Mariah Carey Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder 17 Years Ago, But Only Recently Sought Treatment," 11 Apr. 2018 Episodes of hypomania often include periods of sleeplessness, intense focus and concentration, and increased productivity. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Understanding Mariah Carey's Diagnosis," 11 Apr. 2018 Carey was diagnosed with bipolar II, a less severe of the disorder which is characterized by dramatic mood swings from highs — called hypomania — to lows, or depression. NBC News, "Why does it take so long to diagnose bipolar disorder?," 11 Apr. 2018 For people with bipolar I and II, their episodes of depression, mania, or hypomania last at least a week or two. Carolyn Todd, SELF, "Jenifer Lewis Explains What Bipolar Disorder Feels Like: 'Mania Is Exhausting—It Can Ruin Your Entire Life'," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hypomania

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypomania

borrowed from German Hypomanie, from hypo- hypo- + Manie mania

Note: Hypomanie was introduced by the German neurologist and psychologist Emanuel Mendel (1839-1907) in Die Manie: eine Monographie (Vienna/Leipzig, 1881), p. 38: "Unter diesen Umständen schlage ich, mit Rücksicht auf das schon von Hippokrates gebrauchte [Greek letters] 'hypomainomenai', vor, die Formen von Manie, die das typische Krankheitsbild derselben nur in geringer Entwicklung, gewissermassen abortiv, zeigen, als Hypomanie zu bezeichnen." ("Under these circumstances I suggest, taking into consideration [the expression] hypomainomenai already employed by Hippocrates, that the forms of mania in which typical features are only slightly developed, to a certain degree stillborn, be called hypomania.") Hippocrates' hypomainómenai is the plural participle of a verb hypomaínomai, hypomaínesthai, taken to mean "to be somewhat mad."

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hy·​po·​ma·​nia | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce hypomania (audio) \

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: a mild mania especially when part of bipolar disorder

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