Do you find yourself having extreme mood shifts from debilitating to depression to feeling high energy and distractible? Do these shifts occur over the period of more than several days and do these changes cause significant distress in your life? If so, you may have a Bipolar Disorder.
There are two types of Bipolar disorder- Bipolar I and Bipolar II. The difference between the two is the experience of mania versus hypomania. See below for the definitions of these things.
What is Mania?
According to Mental Health America, “Mania” looks different for everyone, but it generally includes some of the following:
What is Hypomania?
Hypomania is a less intense form of mania. The symptoms are similar, but its impact on people’s daily lives is not as severe. It does not involve psychotic symptoms and rarely leads to hospitalization. Because it is less disruptive, it often goes unnoticed or unreported.
The 3 different types of Bipolar Disorder, According to NIMH:
Bipolar I Disorder—defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depressive symptoms and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
Bipolar II Disorder—defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes that are typical of Bipolar I Disorder.
Cyclothymic Disorder (also called Cyclothymia)—defined by periods of hypomanic symptoms as well as periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode.
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