You're probably familiar with bipolar disorder (BD). People with BD experience debilitating emotional highs and lows.
Did you know there were four different types of BD?
To understand the types of bipolar disorder, you need to know these three terms:
Mania —Intense emotional high. Symptoms include having more energy, being delusional, making risky decisions, and not sleeping.
Hypomania —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 —Severe emotional low. You may be overly tired, have low energy, or feel hopeless or empty.
If you have bipolar type 2, you…
Endure intense depressive episodes. Depression usually lasts longer with bipolar 2 when compared to bipolar 1.
Have periods of hypomania.
Do not have full-blown manic episodes.
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 BD
Any form of bipolar disorder can severely affect your quality of life. Contact an experienced professional if you think you have BD. There are many available treatment options.