People with bipolar disorder (BD) experience extreme emotional highs and lows.
Did you know there are 4 different types of BD?
Understanding the symptoms of each type could help you or someone you know recognize the need for mental health support.
To understand the types of bipolar disorder, you need to know these 3 terms and the symptoms associated with them:
Mania —An intense emotional high. Symptoms include having more energy, being delusional, making risky decisions, and not sleeping.
Hypomania —An emotional high that is less intense than mania. Hypomanic symptoms are similar to mania but don’t last as long. Hypomania doesn't require hospitalization.
Depression —Asevere emotional low. You may be overly tired, have low energy, or feel hopeless or empty.
Jodie experiences extreme bursts of energy where she engages in dangerous behavior. After a week or so, she’s back to her normal self. Which type of BD might she have?
Unspecified Bipolar Disorder
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Bipolar Disorder
Any form of bipolar disorder can affect your quality of life. Contact an experienced professional if you think you have BD. There are many available treatment options.