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Fri Feb 22, 2019, 12:36 AM

Hypomania

Does anyone here have any experience with this? Someone I care about has been diagnosed with OCD (thoughts) and depression. On occasion there is what I think is hypomania - it can last a day or two and is sometimes related to missed medication. There’s a family history of bipolar disorder.

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Iris Feb 2019 OP
MountCleaners Feb 2019 #1
Iris Feb 2019 #2
Tobin S. Mar 2019 #3
Iris Mar 2019 #4
TexasBushwhacker Apr 2019 #5
Iris Apr 2019 #6
TexasBushwhacker Apr 2019 #7

Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2019, 10:44 AM

1. Yeah...

I have bipolar disorder, which means occasional hypomania. It's when you get this wild idea and you're preoccupied by it for a few days. Then it goes away. It's not like full-blown mania. I take a number of medications for it. But you should talk to your loved one about it and s/he needs to get diagnosed and treated by a professional.

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Response to MountCleaners (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 05:41 AM

2. Thanks

This is helpful. I realized there might be something going on when a similar theme kept popping up and seemed implausible or exaggerated. It comes infrequently so I just realized the pattern of thought. I will mention it before next appt with psychiatrist.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 10:23 AM

3. Hypomania is not usually a big problem.

People with Bipolar II have more experience with this than those with the more severe Bipolar I. But what your friend might be experiencing is just a side affect to a missed dose. I know that when I miss just one dose of one of my meds I start to feel strange and my thought disorder starts to re-appear.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 11:02 PM

4. I think you may be right

I just noticed that last time that the reaction to a challenging day resulted in expressed thoughts that are hyperbolic at best

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 09:27 PM

5. My guess is that they are Bipolar II

Which should be treated differently from major depression.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 11:41 PM

6. That is what a friend suggested could be going on

She has a doctor who explained it only takes manic episode to make that diagnosis

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Response to Iris (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 07:55 AM

7. For Bipolar 2, only a hypomanic episode

In my case, I spend money and have sex wrecklessly. The thing is, without mood stabilizers, traditional antidepressants can trigger mania. Bipolar 2 usually some kind of combination of meds. BTW, my father was bipolar 1.

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