Types of bipolar disorder Types of bipolar disorder

Learn about the different types of this mental illness and how they are different.

This condition is characterized by intense changes in a person’s mood, energy, and by an inability to perform daily tasks. The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) explains and that this disorder can be divided into two types: bipolar I and bipolar II.

Bipolar I disorder is defined by manic episodes that generally last about one week and can require hospitalization depending on how serious they are. According to the NIMH, the “manic episodes” of bipolar I include unusual changes in the patient’s mood along with drastic changes in the patient’s sleeping habits, activity levels, thoughts or behaviors.

While bipolar II disorder shares the same symptoms as bipolar I, between 60% and 70% of patients diagnosed with this type of disorder also suffer from other mental illnesses. Bipolar II disorder is also associated with anxiety, substance use and other personality disorders. To a lesser degree, this type may also involve problems with the patient’s eating habits, attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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