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Living with Bipolar Disorder

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Diagnosis Types

  • Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by:

 One or more manic episodes
Major depressive episode usually, although not always
Episodes are not due to a medical condition or prior substance abuse
Cannot be attributed to a psychotic disorder
90% recurrence in episodes
Extreme social and familial consequences
Suicide rate is as high as 20% in some instances

  • Bipolar II Disorder is characterized by:

One or more depressive episode, with at least momentary hypomania (a     reduced state of mania)
No extremely heightened mood levels or emotions evident
Often induced by substance abuse and prior medical condition
Not the same as schizophrenia, although symptoms may appear similar


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