Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Comparison of Bipolar I and Bipolar II Diagnosis

When you look through the literature on bipolar disorder (manic depression) there are many references to Bipolar I and Bipolar II. What is the difference? Which do you have? Here is a very basic summary of the differences between Bipolar I and II.

Bipolar I : This manifestation of the disorder is diagnosed in individuals who have experienced one or more manic episodes, and who may or may not have experienced any episodes of major depression. The DSM-IV-TR, psychology's diagnostic bible, indicates that one or more manic or mixed episodes (manic and depressed) are required are required for this diagnosis.

Bipolar II : Patients diagnosed as Bipolar II have hypomanic episodes rather than full-blown manic episodes, and have had at least one bout of major depression. Hypomania is milder than manic, the prefix hyop- meaning "less than."

Here is a link to that provides on-line free access to DSM-IV-TR disorder descriptions, from Behave Net Clinical Capsule.

Since I posted so recently, the Moo-today is essentially the same as the Moo-yesterday ;)

Manic 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 depresseD

This blog is for informational purposes only, it is not intended to be used for the treatment of mental illness. If you are having emotional troubles, please see a mental health professional.

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