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Hypomania isn't uncommon.

As many as 40% of people with major depressive disorder may have sub threshold hypomania, a new survey revealed. The study was part of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, a federally sponsored nationally representative survey of Americans that was conducted between February 2001 and April 2003. Subthreshold hypomania is a discrete period of increased energy, activity, euphoria, or irritability that does not interfere with daily activities. The subgroup of people with a history of major depression and subthreshold hypomania were younger at onset and had more depression episodes than did those without a history of hypomania. In a statement, lead author Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health said that recognizing hypomania in major depression "is important in determining the future risk for the development of bipolar disorder, and should be considered in treatment decisions among people with major depression." The study was published online Aug. 16 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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