Types of Bipolar Disorder

Types of bipolar have different bipolar depression symptoms.

Find out about the 3 types of bipolar disorder and how to identify bipolar symptoms.



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types of bipolar disorder

Apart from differing degrees of severity there are also different types of depression.

2 Main Types of Depression

  1. Unipolar depression where you feel down all the time.
  2. Bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness where you experience periods of depression alternating with bursts of elation.

Bipolar disorder is further divided into several types of bipolar disease. And each type has different bipolar depression symptoms.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar I disorder.
    This is known as the most severe type of bipolar. It is the classic manic depressive disorder. The people that experience this type will have full blown episodes of mania and depression.Mood swings with bipolar I cause significant difficulty in your job, school or relationships. Manic episodes can be severe and dangerous.
  • Bipolar II disorder.
    Bipolar II is less severe than bipolar I. You will still have periods of depression but the mania symptoms are not as severe. You may have an elevated mood, irritability and some changes in your functioning, but generally you can carry on with your normal daily routine. Instead of full-blown mania, you have hypomania — a less severe form of mania. In bipolar II, periods of depression usually last longer than periods of hypomania. The bipolar symptoms are similar to mania but there will be no delusions and hallucinations that occur with full blown mania.
  • Cyclothymia.
    Cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder. If you suffer from this type, you will experience definite mood swings but not the full blown mania or depression.

What To Do About Bipolar Disorder

How do you know if you, or someone you know is suffering from one of the types of bipolar depression? Have a look at the bipolar depression symptoms and see if they sound familiar. Don’t judge the person or yourself – often bipolar disease is exactly that – an imbalance that needs treatment...

Get help! You can live a more normal life when you have bipolar disorder but only if you get the right treatment for you and the type of bipolar you have. Even though you may be the one with bipolar disease it can still affect your family and friends. It is important that you reach out to your loved ones and work together.

It is very important that you seek professional medical help if you identify any bipolar depression symptoms. Bipolar disorder doesn't get better on its own. If you are reluctant to seek treatment, confide in someone you trust. They can help you take the first steps to successful treatment.

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