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What are the symptoms of bipolar 2?
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hypomania
I agree with dr stuart.
One thing i would add is bipolar 2 is characterized by hypomania as opposed to mania in bipolar 1. The depression may be just as severe. The difference between mania and hypomania is the degree of grandiosity and risk taking. By definition, mania includes psychosis (hallucinations, delusions) and/or hospitalization and/or legal problems. 1 lifetime manic episode = bipolar 1.

In brief: Hypomania
I agree with dr stuart.
One thing i would add is bipolar 2 is characterized by hypomania as opposed to mania in bipolar 1. The depression may be just as severe. The difference between mania and hypomania is the degree of grandiosity and risk taking. By definition, mania includes psychosis (hallucinations, delusions) and/or hospitalization and/or legal problems. 1 lifetime manic episode = bipolar 1.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bipolar 1 and 2
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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.

In brief: Bipolar 1 and 2
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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bipolar
Bipolar 1 is manic depression with phases of depression alternating with manic episodes.
Type 2 is less severe, with hypomanic phases.

In brief: Bipolar
Bipolar 1 is manic depression with phases of depression alternating with manic episodes.
Type 2 is less severe, with hypomanic phases.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
In brief: Difficult diagnosis
Basically, bipolar 2 is a milder version of manic-depressive illness.
It is characterized by periods of depression alternating with periods of elevated mood. You can learn more at the depression and bipolar support alliance: www.Dbsalliance.Org.

In brief: Difficult diagnosis
Basically, bipolar 2 is a milder version of manic-depressive illness.
It is characterized by periods of depression alternating with periods of elevated mood. You can learn more at the depression and bipolar support alliance: www.Dbsalliance.Org.
Dr. Robert Stuart
Dr. Robert Stuart
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