The Hypomania Handbook: The Challenge of Elevated Mood

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From our regular book review column.

There is a relative paucity of literature devoted to the topic of hypomania compared to the wealth of literature on mania and on depression. I suspect one of the major reasons for this discrepancy is the general perception that hypomania is a relatively benign condition; however, Dr. Christopher Doran, in The Hypomania Handbook: The Challenge of Elevated Mood, presents a persuasive argument that this fascinating condition warrants a text in its own right. The recognition of hypomania on longitudinal patient history is of great importance in guiding an appropriate diagnostic formulation and treatment plan.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(7):1060-1061