Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder can be experienced in three different ways. If you donā€™t know what bipolar disorder is, read this article first: What is Bipolar Disorder?

The three types of bipolar disorder vary in how your mood, energy, and activity levels are affected. These types are:

Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I Disorder isĀ defined by the amplified occurrence of manic episodes and less severe depressive episodes. In this type, manic episodes can be so severe that hospitalization may be needed. Manic episodes typically last at least 7 days followed by an at least 2-week depressive episode. Manic and depressive symptoms can intertwine or last for varying durations.

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II Disorder isĀ defined by the amplified occurrence of depressive episodes and less severe manic episodes. An individual will experience more depressive symptoms in comparison to Bipolar I. Though manic episodes still occur, hospitalization or critical attention is less likely to be needed.

Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic Disorder (or Cyclothymia) isĀ defined by a less severe manic episode(s) and a 2 year or more depressive episode. In this type, symptoms are usually not severe enough to be diagnosed as Bipolar II Disorder.

If you believe you are experiencing one of these types of bipolar disorder, contact your mental health care provider today.

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