An episode of hypomania occurs when the person has:
- Similar symptoms to mania, only these symptoms are much milder and less disruptive (e.g. the person may think quickly, be more active, sociable and talkative, have increased sexual drive and be more impatient).
- Symptoms that last at least 4 days.
- Symptoms that are noticeable to others.
- No psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions which involve strong beliefs that are not based on reality or disordered thinking) and the person does not need to be hospitalized.