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A 36-year-old member asked:

I have bipolar 2 disorder. what's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Bipolar: Difference is in severity of symptoms. Type 1 is full spectrum of depression and manic episodes. Type 2 is depression with hypomanic episodes.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Hypo mania vs mania: Both usually have depression. Bipolar1 includes mania. Bipolar 2 includes hypo mania. Hypo mania is less severe, but still can have consequences due to impulsivity. Consequences are much more severe with mania. See my other answers for additional details.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Difference: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive.
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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 40 years experience
In short: milder: The short answer is that Bipolar II is milder than Bipolar I but more precisely: While the depressions of Bipolar II may be as severe as those in Bipolar I, the manias of II are not--one experiences not full-blown mania but so called "hypomania"--mild mania. The hallmarks of a bipolar II mania are irritability "hiding" a core of grandiose self-regard. Impulse behavior can be a big part of II as we
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between bipolar I vs II disorder?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Degree of mania: Bipolar i is characterized by manic symptoms that can include increased energy and a decreased need for sleep, racing thought, rapid speech, marked impulsivity, grandiosity, delusions, etc. These individuals are usually very impaired and require hospitalization. Bipolar ii is more of heightened creativity and productivity, followed by a crash into depression.
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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

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Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How are bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 different?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Bipolar: Difference is in severity of symptoms. Type 1 is full spectrum of depression and manic episodes. Type 2 is depression with hypomanic episodes.
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