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What Are The Different Types Of Bipolar Disorder?

Introduction

Are you wondering what the different types of Bipolar Disorder are?  If so, continue reading this article to find out more information.  According to bpf.org, they include Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and Cyclothymia.  According to ibpf.org, Bipolar I Disorder consists of mania, Bipolar II Disorder consists of hypomania, while Cyclothymia consists of symptoms for 2 years.

Bipolar I Disorder

According to ibpf.org, the first type of Bipolar Disorder is Bipolar I Disorder.  According to ibpf.org, Bipolar I disorder is the “classic form of the illness.”  It is also the most severe type of Bipolar Disorder.  It is characterized by at least one manic episode or a mixed episode.   In addition to experiencing a manic or mixed episode, a major depressive episode may also occur but is not required for a diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder.

Bipolar II Disorder

In addition to Bipolar I Disorder, the next type of Bipolar Disorder is Bipolar II Disorder.  According to ibpf.org, mania is not a part of Bipolar II Disorder.  On another note, Bipolar II Disorder involves instances of major depression and hypomania.  According to ibpf.org, “In order to be diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, you must have experienced at least one hypomanic episode and one major depressive episode in your lifetime.”

Cyclothymia

In addition to Bipolar I Disorder and Bipolar II Disorder, according to ibpf.org, the third type of Bipolar Disorder is Cyclothymia.  According to ibpf.org, cyclothymia consists of “cyclical mood swings.”  However, the highs and lows are not severe enough to qualify as either Bipolar I Disorder or Bipolar II Disorder.  According to ibpf.org, “to be diagnosed with cyclothymia, you must experience numerous periods of hypomania and mild depression over at least a two-year time span.

Conclusion

To end this article, three types of Bipolar Disorder have been mentioned in this article.  They include but are not limited to according to ibpf.org, Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, in addition to Cyclothymia.  According to ibpf.org, Bipolar I Disorder consists of mania, Bipolar II Disorder consists of hypomania and depression, while Cyclothymia consists of cyclic mood swings for two years.  If you or a loved one experience the symptoms of Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, or even Major Depressive Disorder, consult with your licensed physician for further consulting. Do not self-diagnose yourself.  Seek further treatment and get help to further aid in your treatment plan and further recovery.

 

What Are The Different Types Of Bipolar Disorder?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). What Are The Different Types Of Bipolar Disorder?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/10/what-are-the-different-types-of-bipolar-disorder/

 

Last updated: 12 Oct 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Oct 2017
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