A Better Place to Be

What is Hypomania Like?

  • restlessness
  • fast thoughts, ideas flowing
  • high energy
  • desire to do something
  • joy in spending
  • increased interest in uncharacteristic sexual flirting

This description is not really negative things. What makes hypomania scary is that an individual may make bad choices with the increased energy. A common error made by Bipolar folks is to stop taking medications, because some degree of hypomania feels good. Through my life, my family and many friends have tended to like me more when I am slightly hypomanic. I am bouncy, fun and carefree. This makes it difficult to have people understand that something real is wrong with me. When I find myself in the depression, everyone (me included) just wants the "Happy Lena" back.