hypomanic episode

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a single noteworthy happening in the course of a longer series of events, such as one critical period of several during a prolonged illness.
hypomanic episode a period of elevated, expansive, or irritable mood similar to a manic episode but not as severe; see also bipolar disorders and mood disorders.
major depressive episode a period of daily and day-long depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in virtually all activities. Also present is some combination of altered appetite, weight, or sleep patterns, psychomotor agitation or retardation, difficulty thinking or concentrating, lack of energy and fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or inappropriate guilt, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, and plans or attempts to commit suicide. See also bipolar disorders and mood disorders.
manic episode a period of predominantly elevated, expansive, or irritable mood accompanied by some of the following symptoms: inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, talkativeness, flight of ideas, distractibility, hyperactivity, hypersexuality, and recklessness. See also bipolar disorders and mood disorders.
mixed episode a period during which the criteria are met both for a major depressive episode and for a manic episode nearly every day, with rapidly alternating moods and with symptoms characteristic of each type of episode. See also bipolar disorders and mood disorders.

hypomanic episode

1. a period of several days of elevated or irritable mood involving a lesser degree of some or all the features of a manic episode.
See also: bipolar disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymia.
2. a DSM diagnosis is established when specified criteria are met.
See also: bipolar disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymia.

hypomanic episode

Hypomania Psychiatry A discrete period–≥ 4 days of an abnormal and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritated mood, accompanied by 'ancillary' Sx–eg, ↑ self-esteem, non-delusional grandiosity, flight of ideas, ↑ distractibility, ↓ need for sleep, ↑ in goal-directed activities, or psychomotor agitation. See Bipolar disorder, Manic episode.

hy·po·man·ic ep·i·sode

(hīpō-manik epi-sōd)
Several days of elevated or irritable mood involving a lesser degree of some or all the features of a manic episode.
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