Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

Not by itself. Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on.
Yes, but not cause. Bipolar i and ii (and iii, aka cyclothymia) are all conditions that require a genetic underpinning. Someone without such will not develop bipolar. But like most complex human conditions, environmental triggers--intrauterine, developmental, experiential--are usually required to "provoke" the condition into full expression. With bipolar, stress is at most a contributory factor, influencing its timing.
With other factors. The exact causes of bipolar ii disorder aren't fully understood, but it is a chronic condition with biological, psychological, and social components. Stress could precipitate an episode, but people who experience dysfunctional mood conditions experience them regardless of outside stressors.
If can be a trigger . In someone w a biological predisposition.There are many potential triggers for bipolar d/o. Prescription medications are one (antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, decongestants, asthma inhalers ; antabuse) as well as caffeine ; illicit drugs. Lack of sleep, menses, head injury, ms ; infectious diseases are other causes. Psychosocial stressors may include death of loved one, divorce, loss of.

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What is the definition or description of: bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II Disorder. Bipolar ii disorder is a mood disorder. It is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes -- but no full-blown manic or mixed episodes. Read more...
Depression hypomanic. Bipolar ii involves a history of depression and hypomanic episodes, which are not as extreme as manic episodes. Still a serious condition that should be treated with therapy and medication. Mindfulness meditation also can help. Read more...

Bipolar II disorder or BPD...how can I tell the difference?

Bipolar. Bipolar II disorder can be thought of as mood swings from deep depression to a hypomanic (which means not fully manic) state. BPD or borderline personality disorder is characterized by a disturbed sense of self, impulsivity, manipulativeness, thinking of people/things in all good or all bad terms, intense fears of abandonment, sexual/substance use, risky behaviors, and self mutilation. Read more...
Either-possibly both. You're raising a difficult question, in part, because both can be present and you may need the help of a professional to sort it out. But, in very general terms, BPD mood swings tend to come on suddenly, last for a period of hours (rather than days/weeks), and often clearly in response to a perceived abandonment. Bipolar patients often say their moods make no sense to them, but can't control them. Read more...

Could the herbs in shakeology aggravate my bipolar II disorder?

They should not. have any adverse effect on a mood disorder. The herbs in Shakeology are all phytonutrients and antiioxidants, safe for anyone when used as directed. Read more...

Is there any evidence of the effectivity of Lamictal in the treatment for Bipolar II disorder?

Yes. It is the only drug other than lithium w/ successful research findings and even it has conflicting other results. Read here: http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-2-disorder?page=2 Some clearly find it helpful - so be optimistic and give it a fair trial. Read more...

Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Bipolar 2. Like most illnesses, it is treatable & can stabilize for many years, as long as patient is compliant, socially doing well, and has good support system. Read more...
Yes, but treatable. Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. Read more...
Bipolar II. If chronic, resistant to treatment and complicated by factors such as substance abuse or rapid cycling. Read more...
Yes, but... Yes, bipolar ii can adversely affect the course of one's life, especially relationships. It can also be very greatly helped by modern medications plus psychotherapy. However, there is a strong relationship between bipolar, and certain kinds of creativity. The best approach is to treat the adverse symptoms, but look for the silver lining and integrate it. Read more...
If left untreated. it can cause many other co-morbid phsychatric afflictions. Read more...
Bipolar . 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. Either of these types of bipolar disorder can be life threatening. Read more...

Can you explain to me the major differences between bipolar and bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar. Bipolar 1 is manic depression with phases of depression alternating with manic episodes. Type 2 is less severe, with hypomanic phases. Read more...
Mania vs hypo mania. Both usually have depressive episodes. Bipolar 1 includes manic episodes and bipolar 2 hypo mania. Hypo mania may include decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem and increased productivity and sometimes irritability. Mania often leads to psychosis, severe relationship, financial, or even legal problems and often requires hospitalization. Read more...

Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Mood stabilizers. Nothing recent of particular note. Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient. Read more...

What's the difference between bipolar II disorder and teen moodiness?

See your doctor. Mood changes in bipolar disorder tend to occur without cause or are a exaggerated response to an event. The individual tends to expresses frustration with them selves, often saying "i don't know why i react this way. Moodiness in teens tends to be persistent and is related to events. Moodiness can also be depression. The best thing to do is to consult with your physician. Read more...
It's episodic. Bipolar disorder is an episodic illness. It comes and goes often without cause. If your teen is always moody when told no, or is moody every day, it is less likely to be bipolar disorder. If, however, they go months without issue but then are agitated, moody, and a different person for a period of time, that is of more concern for bipolar disorder. Read more...

What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

Criteria. The criteria for bipolar ii indicates that you have a history of at least one hypomanic episode (not manic). You must also have had at least one or more major depressive episodes. These episodes can impair your ability to function. Bipolar i is usually more debilitating than bipolar ii. Read more...