Bipolar I Disorder, what is it? - Mental Health Help with Kat ...

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"Today I talk with you about Bipolar I Disorder and how it differs from Bipolar II. The most important difference is that those with Bipolar I Disorder have to have had mania at least once in their life. Just once! That's it. Now mania is very similar to hypomania, but it is a much more intense version of it. It shares many of the same symptoms (like pressured speech, feelings of grandiosity, euphoria, etc) but mania has to last for at least a week, whereas, hypomania only has to last for 4 days.


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People with Bipolar I can also have hypomania as well as depression. Many people forget that, but when we are ""coming down"" from a manic episode we can go through hypomania and even continue sliding into a major depressive episode.

Many people also experience a very labile mood, and can find themselves having what is called a ""mixed episode"" where you not only feel depressed but also hypomanic at the same time. This is the most worrisome part of Bipolar Disorder as suicide rates go up at this time. If you find yourself feeling like this, please reach out to your therapist or doctor or take yourself to the hospital. Just make sure you keep yourself safe! Those feelings will pass!

Also, many people experience a low grade depression (dysthymia) and hypomania only. This is called Cyclothymic Disorder, and can be just as difficult to manage as Bipolar I or II.

Treatment options for bipolar disorder are much like other disorders. Medication and therapy. Medication can be more important for those with bipolar disorder because mania and mixed episodes can be very dangerous, so please speak to your doctor and get the help you deserve! Also, therapy can help us all better understand our disorder and allow us to heal any broken relationships as well.

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