Difference between manic and hypomanic

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Anybody got some real world experience with the differences between hypomania and regular mania? I've seen links with descriptions, so I don't need that so much. More like real descriptions of what one is like compared to the other. I've had experience with what I think was a full-on manic episode, but I'm not sure what the difference is.

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I think hypomania is supposed to be a "good" and productive state of mind whereas mania is invariably "bad" or disastrous.
 
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I always think of it as less than full on mania. I have never actually had a full blown manic episode. But I would have moments when I could not stop talking, i couldn't attune to people and while that was happening it was like a voice in my head was saying "slow down, you are being rude" but I could not slow down. AND while that was happening I would be watching myself from above. It was like i was 2 or 3 people playing different roles in that moment. And I would get lots down around my house...A LOT. but mostly I noticed that difference and the problem. My friends would just think "wow you are extra hyper today" or even "wow i don't know how you do everything that you do"
 
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Iget hypomania and don't find it productive at all. I get voices and very negative experiences from it. I think its often seen as not as serious but depressions can be more severe with hypomania's other pole. Some people with mania never experience depression but those with bipolar 2 often do which can be dangerous.

Its particularly dangerous when you get depression and hypomania together called a mixed state. The mania can loosen inhibitions and the depression can be driven to act as a result.
 
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I think it's just naming convention. It's hypomania until you end up hospitalized, then it's mania.

I guess both hypomania and mania could be productive or harmful, but hypomania is more likely to be good and mania is more likely to be bad.
 
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Mania is loss of reality whereas hypomania you would still have some sort of sense of reality but still be speeded up if that makes sense
 
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For me, hypomania is comfortable and erases aches and pains delivering great freedom to accomplish things. I would add a classification beyond mania; there's a worse level to mania. Regular mania brings insomnia. Beyond that is a place you don't want to go.

And I'd just like to add that I'm weary of the people that say there is no bipolar; it's just a fabrication or misunderstanding.
 
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For me hyopomania, is racing thoughts. Pressured speech, flight of ideas, no sleep, excessive energy, impulsiveness,
Then depression hits, then loads of agitation to do something about it.
 
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