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essential difference between hypomania and mania — October 28, 2018

essential difference between hypomania and mania

While mania and hypomania have many similar symptoms, like having high energy, rapid thinking. and such. What makes it mania, instead of hypomania. are these differentiating characters:

  1. lasts at least a week
  2. severely impaired from normal functioning, feeling debilitated
Medicinenet states it this way, from https://www.medicinenet.com/mania_vs_hypomania/article.htm#mania_vs_hypomania_facts

What is mania and what is hypomania?

  • Mania is a severe episode of elevated/euphoric or irritable mood and increased energy that usually lasts at least a week and severely interferes with the sufferer’s ability to function.
  • Hypomania is a less severe version of mania, in that it is characterized by somewhat elevated or irritable mood that may more mildly interfere with a person’s functioning to a less debilitating degree than mania.
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4 steps to managing bipolar disorder — May 11, 2013

4 steps to managing bipolar disorder

Mood stability can be managed by 4 things: medication, lifestyle changes & behavioral modification, regulating thoughts, asking for help – cf. Julie Fast’s book, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability

Okay to be Asian American and bipolar — February 5, 2013

Okay to be Asian American and bipolar

It’s now public knowledge. My name is DJ Chuang and I have bipolar disorder. It took me a long time to seek professional care for my mental health. Here’s what the Orange County Register article, O.C. exports Asian American churches to the world, described:

Chuang has bipolar disorder. He has been successfully treated for the condition since 2001. But he attributes his numerous career changes and intellectual restlessness, in part, to manic episodes.

His periods of depression, he said, brought him near suicide. And they convinced him that helping Asian American churches become more culturally inclusive is tantamount to a life-or-death calling.

“It’s very hard for Asians to talk about their weaknesses,” Chuang said, explaining why he waited years before publicly acknowledging his condition and seeking treatment.

Chuang said traditional Asian American churches are especially inhospitable to painful personal problems because many Asian cultures prize a veneer of stoic hard work and moral respectability.

“I want to bring churches into a place to deal more honestly with the real person,” Chuang said.

“I would like to see Asian Americans become more healthy and whole as people.”

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By posting here and on my personal blog djchuang.com, I am making myself available to you and to people you know who may be struggling with bipolar disorder or other kinds of mental illness. I am not a professional, but I am willing to offer a listening ear and to be an encourager and a friend. Contact me.

[cf. Julie J. Park]