A mild degree of mania.

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hy·po·ma·nia .hī-pə-'mā-nē-ə, -nyə n a mild mania esp. when part of bipolar disorder

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a mild degree of mania. Elated mood leads to faulty judgment; behaviour lacks the usual social restraints and the sexual drive is increased; speech is rapid and animated; the individual is energetic but not persistent and tends to be irritable. The abnormality is not so great as in mania and the patient may appear normal and 'a bit of a character' to those who do not know him (see elation, euphoria). Treatment follows the same principles as for mania, and it may be difficult to prevent an individual from damaging his own interests with extravagant behaviour.
hypomanic adj. n.

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hy·po·ma·nia (hi″po-maґne-ə) [hypo- + -mania] an abnormality of mood resembling mania (persistent elevated or expansive mood, hyperactivity, inflated self-esteem, etc.) but of lesser intensity. hypomanic adj

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