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Living with Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder may recur throughout an individual’s life if they have had it before. Those who are being treated do lead quality lives, but about 25% of those diagnosed have regular symptoms throughout. 

The two major forms of bipolar disorder are known as Bipolar I or Bipolar II, but there is also a state known as rapid cycling. Bipolar I disorder is the most common form of the illness, characterized by recurring moments of depression and mania. Bipolar II disorder is different because it is not dependent on extreme mania; instead moderate moments of mania are evident with depression. The other form of the disorder is called rapid cycling, characterized by numerous episodes within a year. This is not a specific type of bipolar disorder because it is thought that any bipolar sufferer can experience this only to return to their primary form of the illness, within a short time period.

There are 4 lesser-known forms of bipolar disorder and they include:

Bipolar III Disorder – Mild depression and hypomania

Bipolar IV Disorder – Depression often without any mania

Bipolar V Disorder – Depression with NO mania

Bipolar VI Disorder – Mania without depression

In most scenarios, living a good quality of life is expected if the illness is treated and properly managed. Trouble begins when the disorder goes untreated, as it does worsen and increase the person’s manic and depressive states. 


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