Bipolar disorder - Types
What are the different types of bipolar disorder
There are several types of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar I disorder
A diagnosis of bipolar I disorder means you have times when you have mania. You may also have periods of depression between these times.
Bipolar II disorder
With bipolar II disorder you will have periods of depression broken up with periods of hypomania. Your hypomania may not cause so many problems or affect your day-to-day life.
You may experience regular hypomanic and depressive episodes if you have cyclothymic disorder. Your symptoms of depression are not as severe as major depression. However, your low mood can still affect your day-to-day life.
Rapid cycling bipolar
A doctor may diagnose you with rapid cycling bipolar if you have four or more depressive, manic, mixed or hypomanic episodes in a 12 month period.
You can change from mania to depression on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis. This is called ultra rapid cycling bipolar.
Mixed bipolar state
You may experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time which is called a mixed bipolar state. You may feel very sad or hopeless but feel extremely energised at the same time.
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