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Re: Classifying manias

Posted by linkadge on December 2, 2019, at 15:20:21

In reply to Re: Classifying manias Lamdage22, posted by undopaminergic on December 2, 2019, at 12:32:13

I think the difference could be determined by a) the degree of disruption and b) the degree of loss of judgement.

For example, hypomanics are still generally 'in control' of the situation. Judgement might be impaired a little, but not to the point that it actually detracts from performance.

Full blown mania is often accompanied by delusions or distortions regarding ones own abilities that lead to more extreme disruptions to work or home life. The loss of judgement can be exacerbated by loss of sleep. Psychosis is more common (believing you have special powers or abilities).

In talking to somebody with hypomania, they could come across as relatively normal, just super excited / high energy. This can be infectious and the individual may just seem like a natural leader. However, talking to a full blown manic, it becomes obvious fairly quickly that something is off. This could manifest as extreme irritability, or goals that are way out of line with somebody's regular ability.





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