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What is the difference between Bipolar Disorder 1 and 2?

Bipolar 1 includes extreme energy, very racing thoughts, very poor decision making (e.g. spend $50k you don’t have), can include disorganized thinking (make no sense), hypersexuality, and sometimes some form of psychosis (paranoia, other delusions, hallucinations). BP1 also can include highly activated mixed states (depressed and manic at the same time). True mania rarely is euphoric. It often is described as painful or terrifying.

Bipolar II hypomania (subthreshhold mania) can include poor decision making (e.g. spend $5k you don’t have), thoughts going too fast, reduced *need* for sleep, increased sex drive, high productivity, high social interaction, motor mouth, etc. BPII can also include mixed states of hypomania and Depression at the same time. (In more activated forms, hypomania can be debilitating and necessitate time off work or result in loss of employment.)

Both include Depression with or without psychosis. Those with BPII tend to spend more time in depression and have less time off between episodes. It is not bipolar light. It is a different type of Bipolar Disorder with different challenges. Both can also include rapid cycling which is four or more switches within a year.

Living with Bipolar 1 Disorder August 16, 2011 03:40 PM

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