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What's the difference between bipolar I vs II disorder?
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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Severity
In a nutshell, bipolar i is more severe than bipolar ii.
Bpi experiences full-blown mania with generally some loss of contact with reality, mood swings are severe and judgment at times is impaired. Bpii tend to become only hypomanic, which can still be problematic, but not as severe as mania.

In brief: Severity
In a nutshell, bipolar i is more severe than bipolar ii.
Bpi experiences full-blown mania with generally some loss of contact with reality, mood swings are severe and judgment at times is impaired. Bpii tend to become only hypomanic, which can still be problematic, but not as severe as mania.
Dr. Paul Pancner
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Without completely disagreeing, it is important to note that studies suggest Type ii BD can be harder to treat than Type I.
Dr. Alan Ali
I agree with Dr. Elliott.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Mania vs hypo mania
Bipolar 1 is characterized by mania with or without depression.
Bipolar 2 is hypo mania with or without depression. Hypo mania includes increased self esteem and productivity, and usually decreased need for sleep. Mania includes psychosis and/or major social consequences and frequently requires hospitalization. Both are treated with a. Mood stabilizer.

In brief: Mania vs hypo mania
Bipolar 1 is characterized by mania with or without depression.
Bipolar 2 is hypo mania with or without depression. Hypo mania includes increased self esteem and productivity, and usually decreased need for sleep. Mania includes psychosis and/or major social consequences and frequently requires hospitalization. Both are treated with a. Mood stabilizer.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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