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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

A Chance: Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness compared to children who do not. ...Read more

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What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

Different conditions: Gad is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive worry and associated symptoms such as headache, insomnia, stomach upset, etc... Bipolar disorder type ii is a disorder of mood characterized by episodes of hypomania with elevated mood, excessive energy, reduced need for sleep but preservation of usual daily function. As well as episodes of major depression with sad mood, lack of joy, insomni. ...Read more

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I have bipolar 2 disorder. When I'm in hypomania state I always believe I'm some super genius person like Ablert Einstien. Would that be a delusion?

I have bipolar 2 disorder. When I'm in hypomania state I always believe I'm some super genius person like Ablert Einstien. Would that be a delusion?

Technically, yes: Yes, specifically a "delusion of grandeur," meaning the false idea that you're vastly more special or amazing than is rational. Delusions can also be classified as bizarre (aliens live in your basement and steal your cheese), or non-bizarre (you are an incredibly gifted singer). Were you actually seeing or hearing aliens stealing your cheese, that, rather, would be a hallucination. ...Read more

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I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?

I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?

Why: Not sure why you would be taking arginine and creatine. Frolic acid and omega 3 supplementation are helpful. Any combination of medications prescribed or otc should be used with caution. Make sure you tell your doctor about all therapeutic substances you are taking so they can help monitor your mood and/or control of seizures depending on why you are taking depakote. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?

Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?

Bipolar disorder.: Carbmazepine is also a 'mood stablizer' and it is effective in this disorder. Some times antipsychotics such as abilify, (aripiprazole) risperdol and others may need to be added. ...Read more

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Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?

Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?

Options: There are other options for your bipolar 2 condition. Wellbutrin won't help anxiety, and may stimulate it in some. Topomax is not a particularly robust mood stabilizer, but does work for some (apparently not you?). Seroquel may help this, anxiety, and your sleep issues. Latuda (lurasidone) is another option. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist as you try these various medications -- psychotherapy too! ...Read more

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Can one have bipolar 1 and borderline personality disorder too?

Mental Health: Bipolar spectrum disorders and personality disorders (to include borderline personality) can certainly co-occur. They may also have over-lapping symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bipolar I Disorder (Definition)

Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more