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

Other Words from hypomania

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

Examples of hypomania in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1977, five years before his death, Monk was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and hypomania. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Godfrey's experience includes episodes of major depression and hypomania (milder than mania) characteristic of bipolar II. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, 9 Mar. 2022 While hypomania doesn't include psychosis, some people with bipolar 2 may take antipsychotic drugs if their depression involves hallucinations or delusions. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Typically, hypomania doesn’t affect your ability to work, and episodes last about four days, according to the Cleveland Clinic8. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 28 Oct. 2021 Bipolar II only involves episodes of hypomania and depression, the NIMH explains. Korin Miller, SELF, 1 Nov. 2018 Some medications for bipolar disorder can treat mania, hypomania, and depression, while other drugs only treat certain episode types or combinations. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, 12 Dec. 2018 If someone is already in a full mania/hypomania or depression, medication is needed to treat symptoms. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, 12 Dec. 2018 Not everyone with bipolar disorder goes through hypomania. Korin Miller, SELF, 30 Nov. 2018 See More

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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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