January 14, 2010
Last night I was having dinner with a great young entrepreneur who was explaining to me that he has self-diagnosed himself as hypomanic (perhaps not clinically but certainly descriptively), and that he believes most good entrpereneurs actually are hypomanic, too. While in part jest, when he walked me through the symptoms of hypomania we both had a good chuckle thinking how many of these symptoms we see in ourselves and in many entrepreneurs we know.
If you look at Wikipedia’s definition of hypomanic, I am sure you’ll think of lots of successful entrepreneurs you know, if not yourself! According to that definition, a Hypomanic episode occurs when you have an elevated mood plus 3 of the following “symptoms:”
- pressured speech; rapid talking
- inflated self-esteem or grandiosity;
- decreased need for sleep;
- flight of ideas or the subjective experience that thoughts are racing;
- easy distractibility and attention-deficit (superficially similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder);
- increase in psychomotor agitation; and
- involvement in pleasurable activities that may have a high potential for negative psycho-social or physical consequences (e.g., the person engages in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
Are you HypoManic?