Mania and hypomania
Professor James Potash likens mania to volume on a stereo. When people are hypomanic, everything is turned up a little, there is more energy. If volume is too high, it becomes painful.
One way that I like to think of depression and mania is that I like to use the metaphor of listening to music on your stereo; if you are listening and you hear something that you like, if the music were to get turned way down you would be sort of disappointed and it wouldnâ€™t sound terribly good at a very low volume. Thatâ€™s a little bit like what depression is â€“ everything is turned down, whereas mania is just the opposite and everything is turned up. And if you turn the volume up a little bit itâ€™s analogous to hypomania, where everything sounds a whole lot better. When people are hypomanic everything is turned up a little, there is more energy, thoughts are going faster, they are happier and they feel good. If the volume gets turned all the way up, often itâ€™s a painful and uncomfortable experience, and in mania the volume of everything gets turned way, way up. Peopleâ€™s minds start going so fast that they can no longer control their thoughts, and itâ€™s very distressing because the thoughts just go flying out in all kinds of directions.
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