Do I Have Hypomania?

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You're only human, and sometimes unexplained bursts of energy come out of nowhere. Whether you use it to clean your house or to grab an extra workout, there's nothing wrong with feeling like you're on top of the world. For those with hypomania, a burst of energy can take on a whole new meaning, though. While not actually considered a mental illness, the uncontrollable urges and feelings that come from being hypomanic can get sufferers into trouble, from making impulse purchases to breaking into song while grocery shopping; all the misplaced energy can result in some strange behaviors. If you've been feeling a whole lot of extra pep in your step, you might be experiencing a hypomanic state of mind. Once you answer these questions, we'll be able to tell you what's causing you to feel so on top of the world. Will it be hypomania, or will it be something else? Take this quiz to find out!

History lesson

Meet Mr. Mendel

Emanuel Mendel, a pivotal figure in neurology and psychiatry, was born on March 9, 1839, in Bunzlau, Prussia (now Bolesławiec, Poland). Early on, he was intrigued by the medical field and pursued his medical degree at the University of Berlin. Upon completion, Mendel began his career at the Berlin Municipal Mental Asylum, leading him to become a leading expert in neurology and psychiatry.

Mendel's work on hypomania, a condition characterized by persistent high energy, euphoria, and irritability, was groundbreaking. He was among the pioneers in distinguishing hypomania from manic depression, providing detailed symptoms that differentiated it from other mental health conditions. This work played a significant role in deepening the understanding of this state.

Beyond hypomania, Mendel's contributions extend to other neurological and psychiatric conditions like epilepsy and neurasthenia, a condition marked by chronic fatigue and weakness. His research in these areas improved diagnosis and treatment methods, influencing the medical field significantly.

Despite notable contributions, Mendel's work often met resistance and skepticism from his contemporaries. However, these challenges did not deter him from advocating for his patients and advancing his research. His dedication was evident in his approach to treatment, where he emphasized treating each patient individually, considering environmental and social factors affecting their mental health.

While Mendel passed away on June 28, 1907, his legacy in neurology and psychiatry remains. His research on hypomania has shaped our understanding of various mental health conditions. His patient-centered approach to treatment continues to resonate in the field of psychiatry today, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, curiosity, and empathy in scientific exploration and human health.

Did you know?

Hypomania and bipolar disorder are two separate things

For those who experience hypomania, moments of poor judgment, grandiose thinking, and incredible bursts of energy are the norm. Although still a form of mania, hypomania is considered a milder form of mania because it does not significantly impair a person's daily activities and usually doesn't require hospitalization. It can still hurt relationships, work performance, finances, and overall well-being. While those who have bipolar disorder can experience moments of hypomania, it's always followed by a depressive episode. It's not always the case with hypomania, as it is considered one of the markers of bipolar disorder. Despite being similar, hypomania is regarded as a condition, not a mental illness. Even more interesting, the treatment for both diseases is the same, a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. If you're struggling with moments of uncontrollable thoughts and urges, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor.

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