WHAT IS YOUR DIAGNOSIS?
Bipolar Disorder goes by many names. Manic Depression, Manic Depressive Disorder, Manic Depressive Illness, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and Bipolar Affective Disorder. Since the symptoms of the condition show up differently the illness is classified into four different types, Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder and Not Otherwise Specified.
Bipolar I: Is typically diagnosed when a person experiences severe
depressive and full-blown manic episodes. It is estimated that about 1%
of the general population has bipolar I.
Bipolar II: Is diagnosed when a person
has frequent major depressive episodes and more episodes of hypo-mania
instead of full blown mania. .
Cyclothymia: A person diagnosed with cyclothymia is usually
perceived as extremely moody and very emotionally reactive. This is
considered to be a milder version of bipolar II.
Not Otherwise Specified (NOS): Basically this term is used when a variation of bipolar disorder doesn't follow any particular pattern.
Rapid Cycling: You'll hear this term to describe when a person has
more than four manic / depressive episodes within a twelve month period.
Rapid cycling is more common in women and those diagnosed with
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