The hypomanic personality of Wilkins Micawber: a Dickensian case study

Psychiatr Q. 1992 Fall;63(3):245-9. doi: 10.1007/BF01065295.


The concept of hypomanic personality has historically been viewed with ambivalence. However, by replacing cyclothymic personality with cyclothymic disorder, DSM III doomed this entity into oblivion. The author examines the Dickensian portrayal of Mr. Micawber in light of existing descriptions of hypomanic personality in order to justify its inclusion in future psychiatric classifications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cyclothymic Disorder / classification
  • Cyclothymic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Literature
  • Male
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Terminology as Topic