How can I tell? It's the usual stuff: talking too much and too loudly, spending way too much time on this blog (literally hours spent redesigning the heading, changing the margins and the layout, adding other blogs), having too many ideas, and in this case, feeling somewhat irritable and annoyed.
For me, the best hypomania is when I feel good (actually a little too good), but I also feel this amazing sense of well-being and love for mankind. Although it sounds silly, I really do. It's like I have some sort of connection with everyone I see, and I feel so charitably toward them. It's not just opening doors for old ladies (which is what I guess I am to people who are 20 and younger). It's like the old AT&T commercial where I want to reach out and "touch someone." Actually everyone, although not literally, of course.
But this hypomania isn't one of those peak periods. I have more energy but it's not that amazing kind of energy. I'm not depressed but I'm not happy either. Over the years I've learned how to try and notice behavior that's "off." I could become easily annoyed but I'm aware of this symptom, and so I try to remember to breathe a few times, and it passes. When I noticed I was talking too much and my voice was loud--even to me--I stopped talking so much and lowered the decibel level. I've also learned not to act on my many ideas; a person can have grand thoughts without doing anything about them.
Questions for Today: What symptoms do you have during hypomanias and how do you overcome them?
P.S. Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of my father's death. I meant to note it in my blog. "Hi, Daddy. Can you read my blog in heaven? How are you and mom doing? I know you were thrilled to have her join you. I miss you both very much, and I love you dearly!"