Bipolar 1 & Bipolar 2, What’s The Difference?

Bipolar 1 & Bipolar 2, What’s The Difference?

If you think bipolar disorder describes a mental health condition that can cause extreme changes in mood and behavior, you’ve mostly got the basics. But its two main subtypes—bipolar I and bipolar II—are a testament to how nuanced this condition actually is. Bipolar disorder can indeed bring on drastic changes in a person’s mood, energy levels, and behavior, according to the Mayo Clinic. These shifts, which are known as mood episodes, are generally divided into two groups: manic episodes and depressive episodes, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). There are also hypomanic episodes, which are similar to manic episodes except on a less severe scale. These...

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