Is It Possible To Have Hypomania Without Having Bipolar Disorder Or Depression?

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Asked by redappleyay

Is It Possible To Have Hypomania Without Having Bipolar Disorder Or Depression?

The symptoms of hypomania fit my episodes perfectly. Completely perfectly. But I don't have the depressive episodes. Sure, I have times when I'm sad like any other person, but never to the level of the real lows of bipolar disorder and depression. Is it possible to have hypomania without having bipolar disorder or depression? If yes, then I have hypomania.

Answer

Yes, it is possible, though uncommon, to have what would be called "unipolar hypomania." There's no officially recognized diagnosis of this condition, though. Unipolar mania is known to exist but also isn't formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

The real question here is not whether you have hypomanic episodes, but whether they cause you difficulties. If your mood, thoughts or behaviors during these episodes make you uncomfortable or lead to bad consequences, it's time to talk to a doctor.

Answered by Marcia Purse