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A symptom of bipolar disorder. During an episode of hypomania, a person becomes much more active and energetic than normal. Hypomania is similar to mania, but less severe.

What is hypomania

Hypomania is a milder form of mania, a type of episode experienced by people with bipolar disorder. It is characterized by elevated or irritable mood, increased energy and activity levels, decreased need for sleep, and impulsive or reckless behavior.

In contrast to full-blown mania, hypomania is not as severe and does not impair an individual's ability to function in their daily life. However, it can still have negative consequences and may be a precursor to a manic episode.

Hypomanic episodes are often accompanied by a sense of euphoria, grandiosity, and a reduced perception of the need for rest. These symptoms may lead to overspending, sexual promiscuity, and impulsive decision-making. People in a hypomanic state may also experience increased productivity, creativity, and sociability, which can be mistaken for positive traits.

It is important to seek medical attention if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of hypomania, as it may be a sign of an underlying mental health condition such as bipolar disorder. Treatment for hypomania typically involves a combination of therapy and medication, with the goal of stabilizing mood and preventing future manic or depressive episodes.

Early recognition and treatment of hypomania can help prevent the development of more serious mental health problems and improve an individual's quality of life. It is important to understand that while hypomania can be a challenging experience, it is treatable with proper care and support.

How do you treat hypomania

Treatment for hypomania typically involves a combination of therapy and medication. The goal of treatment is to stabilize mood and prevent future manic or depressive episodes.

  1. Medication: Antidepressant or mood-stabilizing medications are often prescribed to manage hypomania. Lithium, valproic acid, and lamotrigine are common mood stabilizers that can help prevent mood swings and stabilize mood. Antipsychotic medications may also be used in some cases.
  2. Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help individuals with hypomania learn to manage their symptoms and develop coping strategies. Therapy can also address any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may contribute to hypomanic episodes.
  3. Lifestyle Changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can also help manage hypomania. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity. Avoiding drugs and alcohol can also be important.
  4. Support: Having a support system of family and friends can be beneficial in managing hypomania. They can provide encouragement and help monitor symptoms.

It is important to work with a mental health professional to determine the best course of treatment for you or a loved one. Treatment plans are often adjusted based on the individual's needs and response to treatment. With the right combination of therapy and medication, individuals with hypomania can lead healthy and productive lives.

How can hypomania interact with eating disorders

Hypomania and eating disorders can interact in complex and sometimes negative ways. People with hypomania may engage in binge eating, overeating, or other impulsive food-related behaviors as part of their elevated mood and decreased inhibitions. These behaviors can lead to weight gain, disrupted eating patterns, and other physical health problems.

On the other hand, individuals with an eating disorder may experience hypomanic symptoms as a result of food restriction or purging behaviors. The rush of adrenaline and endorphins from the purging process can mimic the feeling of hypomania and create a cycle of disordered eating.

Additionally, the impulsiveness and disinhibition associated with hypomania can make it difficult for individuals to stick to a regular eating schedule or to make healthy food choices. This can further exacerbate their eating disorder and create a vicious cycle of disordered eating and hypomanic symptoms.

It is important for individuals with both hypomania and an eating disorder to receive a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan that addresses both conditions. A team of health professionals, including a therapist, doctor, and dietitian, can help develop a plan that addresses both conditions and promotes overall health and well-being. With the right support, individuals can overcome their struggles with hypomania and eating disorders and live fulfilling lives.

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